A 14th Century mosque named as a heritage site was damaged Saturday in a suicide bombing blast, the United Nations announced Sunday in an emailed news release.
The blast had targeted military personnel of the Malian armed forces at the entrance of their base in Timbuktu.
In 2012, fighting between Tuareg rebels and the Mali government resulted in the loss of 4,203 manuscripts from the Ahmed Baba Research Centre, and extensive damage to another 300,000.
"The Djingareyber Mosque, the initial construction of which dates back to Sultan Kankan Moussa, returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, was rebuilt and enlarged between 1570 and 1583 by the Imam Al Aqib, the Qadi of Timbuktu, who added all the southern part and the wall surrounding the cemetery located to the west," according to UNESCO. "The central minaret dominates the city and is one of the most visible landmarks of the urban landscape of Timbuktu."