Women in north Mali protest veil leader

A resident says about 200 women have marched in protest in the Malian city of Timbuktu, where Islamists are requiring women to wear veils.

Mahi Toure said the Islamists fired shots into the air Saturday morning to disperse the women protesting against the man in charge of implementing veil requirements.

The women accuse Mohamed Mossa of carrying out abusive arrests since the Islamists began enforcing their interpretation of Islamic Shariah law.

Women have been subjected to curfews, and have been publicly whipped for failing to wear veils. It's also forbidden for them to be in the streets with men who aren't their husbands or relatives.

The Islamists now control an area as large as France in the north of Mali.