- Woman shows prison where she was locked up and lashed for letting veil fall
- Timbuktu residents have spoken of rule under Islamists who have now fled
- The city was re-taken by French and Malian troops over the weekend
By James Rush
PUBLISHED: 20:57 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 23:06 GMT, 29 January 2013
A Malian woman has spoken of how she was thrown into an Islamist prison and given 15 lashes a day for letting a veil slip off her head.
Residents in Timbuktu have been speaking for the first time of a rule of fear under Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels, who had controlled the city until it was re-taken by French and Malian troops at the weekend.
People have been openly smoking on the city’s streets for the first time in months – something that would have earned them swift retribution only a few days ago.
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Prison: The woman showed the two square metre cell which she had to share with up to 14 other detainees
Punishment: The woman said she was taken to the jail and beaten 15 times a day for letting her veil slip