Militants Torch Timbuktu Library with Ancient Documents

Mayor Halley Ousmane of Mali’s fabled city of Timbuktu says Islamist militants torched a library containing thousands of ancient Arab manuscripts, as they retreated from the city this week.

Investigators are uncertain of the extent of damage at the Ahmed Baba Institute. But they fear many priceless documents have been destroyed.

The institute is one of several libraries in Timbuktu. It contains about 30,000 manuscripts, many of them collected from private family libraries throughout the …