Unmarried Couple Stoned To Death
There is growing outrage in the international community this week as news from the African nation of Mali that a young couple were stoned to death for having sex outside wedlock.
Last weekend a man and a woman were taken by Islamists then buried up to their necks before being pelted with rocks and stones until they died. This horrific attack took place in the northern town of Aguelhok in front of a group of about 200 people according to officials in the area.
“I was there, The Islamists took the unmarried couple to the centre of Aguelhok. The couple were place din two holes and the Islamists stoned them to death.” One local official told French news agency AFP, adding “The woman fainted after the first few blows.” he also told how the man shouted out once and then fell silent as the stones rained down.
A Tuareg rebellion in northern Mali triggered a military coup in the country back in March of this year and during the subsequent upheaval and uncertainty, Islamist groups have taken control of many towns and areas in the north of the country.
The international community have already condemned recent acts of vandalism by the Islamist groups, including their destruction of sacred shines in the ancient and heritage rich city of Timbuktu.
The interim president Dioncounda Traore has only just returned to the country after spending two months in France recovering from injuries sustained during the recent coup. He made his first address to the nation saying that the whole country should unite against the Jihadis ‘invaders’ who are operating in the north. “Given the complexity of this crisis and the extent of the distress of our people from the north… we must together, I say together, clear a path ahead to free our country from these invaders, who only leave desolation, deprivation and pain in their wake” he said.
Mali is not the only African nation currently beset by aggression from Islamic extremists, Nigeria has seen much bloodshed over recent months at the hands of radical Islamist group Boko Haram, who mainly bomb and target Christian churches, schools and government buildings.
Boko Haram, which translates as ’Western education is forbidden’ is trying to depose the Nigerian government and set up an Islamic state abiding to a strict Muslim law and promise to continue their reign of terror until they take control of the country.