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Pakistani mob kills man accused of burning Koran

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 22 December 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Pakistani mob kills man accused of burning Koran, 22 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50ed342c1e.html [accessed 1 October 2014]
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December 22, 2012

Pakistani police say a mob in the southern town of Dadu beat a man to death for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran.

A police spokesman said that some 200 people stormed the police station where the accused man was being held, dragged him out, beat him to death, and set his body on fire.

Some 30 people have been arrested in connection with the case.

A local imam told Reuters that the man was a stranger who spent a night in a local mosque.

The next morning, the charred remains of a Koran were allegedly found there.

According to human rights activists, more than 50 people have been killed after being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan since 1990 and such incidents are becoming more frequent.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

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