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  • Islamist  group Ansar Dine said to have repeatedly warned girl to stop talking to men in  the street in Timbuktu, Mali

By Associated Press Reporter

PUBLISHED:07:55 EST, 17  October 2012| UPDATED:09:14 EST, 17 October 2012

A teenaged girl received 60 lashes in  Timbuktu after Islamist extremists convicted her of speaking to men on the  street.

The girl, believed to be 15 years old, was  allegedly caught speaking with men by Ansar Dine, the militant Islamist group  who control Timbuktu and much of northern Mali.

One resident claimed the girl was warned  repeatedly by the Islamists to stop what she was doing, but persisted in talking  to men in public.

Strict: Ansar Dine, one of a number of Islamists groups who have seized control of northern Mali, allegedly lashed a girl, 15, for speaking to men in public in Timbuktu. File photoStrict: Ansar Dine, one of a number of Islamist groups  who have seized control of northern Mali, allegedly lashed a girl, 15, for  speaking to men in public in Timbuktu. File photo

Ousmane Maiga, a Timbuktu resident, said: ‘The Islamists said that the girl was warned five times by Islamist police but  she continued to speak to men in the street.

‘After the hearing, the Islamists gave 60  lashes to the girl. The population did not turn out in large numbers to attend  this flogging.’

The public whipping took place at around 11am  local time in front of the new headquarters of the Islamic police in downtown  Timbuktu, next to Independence Square.

Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) is the most  prevalent of a number of Al-Qaeda-linked groups that have seized northern Mali  after a power vacuum opened by a military coup in the south in March.

The groups have since been imposing Sharia  law throughout the territory and intend on imposing the strict Islamic laws  across Mali.

Shocking: Islamists in northern Mali have also recruited and paid as many as 1,000 children Shocking: Islamists in northern Mali have also recruited  and paid as many as 1,000 children

In an incident in July, a man was lashed 40  times by Ansar Dine after being accused of drinking alcohol.

‘After the hearing, the Islamists  gave 60 lashes to the girl. The population did not turn out in large numbers to attend this flogging’

– Ousmane Maiga, Timbuktu  resident

‘A young man has just been lashed 40 times  for drinking alcohol. The whipping took place in the Timbuktu market,’ a  resident of Timbuktu told reporters.

The man was later treated in hospital for his  injuries.

A man and woman accused of having a child out  of wedlock were given 100 lashes each in Timbuktu on June 20.

Ansar Dine has also destroyed all the city’s  bars.

The group also demolished many of the ancient  city’s shrines to Muslim saints, as the jihadists believe they should not be  seen as idols.

Another Islamist group, the Movement for  Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), has burnt cigarettes, whipped smokers  and forbidden people to play football or watch television in territories under  its control, provoking violent protests in May in the northern city of  Gao.

The Islamist movement in the north of the  country was recently found to be recruiting and paying up to 1,000 children from  rural towns to fight in their militia.

Control: Islamist groups like Ansar Dine have seized control of much of northern Mali and rule following strict Sharia lawControl: Islamist groups like Ansar Dine have seized  control of much of northern Mali and rule following strict Sharia law

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