Timbuktu's manuscripts face new threattags: CNN, Africa, Mali, Timbuktu, manuscripts
(CNN) -- For the second time in five months, Timbuktu's treasured collection of ancient manuscripts is under threat.
Earlier this year, it was thought that most of the 300,000 precious documents were destroyed by Islamic fundamentalists when the northern Mali conflict entered the fabled city.
But as it turns out, only 4,000 documents were burned by the rebels. The rest were smuggled out of Timbuktu six months before the incursion by a team of local families who have long safeguarded their city's famous library, often in their own homes....
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