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Unmarried couple stoned to death by ‘Islamists’ in Mali

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An unmarried couple were stoned to death by ‘Islamists’ in Mali earlier this week, local officials have revealed.

A group of Islamist militants on their way to their camp in Mali.Reuters

In the first incident of its kind since jihadist groups were driven out of the region after a French-led military intervention in 2013, the public were reportedly invited to take part in the stonings of the man and woman.

‘The Islamists dug two holes where they put the man and the woman who lived maritally without being married,’ a local official told AFP. ‘They were stoned to death.’

The attack happened on Tuesday in Taghlit, close to Aguelhok in the Kidal region in north-east Mali.

‘Four people threw stones at them until they died,’ the official added.

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Another local official said that the Islamic extremists had accused the unmarried couple of violating ‘Islamic law’, which requires

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