Islam brings enlightenment to Mali: Protestors in Gao thwart hand-chopping by Muslim extremists

RESIDENTS of Gao in Islamist-occupied northern Mali yesterday prevented extremists from chopping off the hand of a thief, the penalty for stealing according to strict sharia law.

“They [Islamists] were not able to cut off the thief’s hand. Very early on Sunday hundreds of youths stormed independence square in Gao to prevent the sentence being carried out,”