Islamist pleads guilty at ICC to destroying Timbuktu mausoleums

An Islamist extremist has pleaded guilty at the international criminal court to the destruction of religious monuments in the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu in 2012.

As his historic ICC trial started in The Hague on Monday, Ahmad al-Mahdi told judges he was entering the guilty plea “with deep regret and great pain” and advised Muslims around the world not to commit similar acts, saying “they are not going to lead to any good for humanity”.