Mali Islamists on Thursday (November 29th) publicly whipped three unmarried couples.
Timbuktu residents watched as "each of the six received 100 lashes of the whip in a public square", a witness told AFP.
The armed Islamists have also begun raiding homes to seize satellite dishes. "The Islamists say that foreign television 'is Satan'," a local reporter said.
Timbuktu is controlled by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Ansar al-Din.