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Timbuktu teen receives 60 lashes for speaking to men on the street

Timbuktu teen receives 60 lashes for speaking to men on the street

A teen aged girl approximately 15-years-old has reportedly received 60 lashes this week in Timbuktu after being convicted by Islamist extremists of speaking to men on the street. According to reports by the Seattle Times and other news outlets, the girl was caught  by the Islamists of Ansar Dine while standing next to males.  The group runs Timbuktu.

A resident of Timbuktu named Ousmane Maiga was contacted by phone, and stated,

“The Islamists charged 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 flogging occurred around 11 a.m. local time, and was carried out  in front of the Islamic police headquarters, in downtown Timbuktu. Ironically, police headquarters is located next to Independence Square.

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Al is a retired author, writer and journalist. His books include "Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist" and "A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World - The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth." Al began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. He also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast from 1995 to 1998, and his work won a North Carolina Journalism award in 1998. Al is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors for "The Clergy Project." He is also a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. Currently, he writes part time for The God Discussion, co-hosts the Internet radio programs, "The God Discussion Show" and "Reap Sow Radio." Al lives in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City, GA.
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