Monday, August 3, 2009

8 dead from false rumor of Koran desecration

Times on line

Paramilitary troops patrolled the streets of a town in eastern Pakistan yesterday after Muslim radicals burnt to death eight members of a Christian family, raising fears of violence spreading to other areas.

Hundreds of armed supporters of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an outlawed Islamic militant group, set alight dozens of Christian homes in Gojra town at the weekend after allegations that a copy of the Koran had been defiled.

The mob opened fire indiscriminately, threw petrol bombs and looted houses as thousands of frightened Christians ran for safety. "They were shouting anti-Christian slogans and attacked our houses," Rafiq Masih, a resident of the predominantly Christian colony, said. Residents said that police stood aside while the mob went on the rampage. "We kept begging for protection, but police did not take action," Mr Masih said.

Police and local officials said that at least eight people, including four women and a child, were killed in the fires. Two others died of gunshot wounds. Residents said that the casualties were much higher; one claimed that the number of dead could be in the dozens as many bodies were still buried under the rubble.Shahbaz Bhatti, the Minister for Minorities, said that 40 Christian homes were torched in rioting. He said there was no truth to allegations that a Koran had been defiled, and accused the police of ignoring his appeal to provide protection to Christians. [...]


  1. Recipients and PublicityAugust 3, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Bet your bottom dollar that Barack Hussein Obama, nor any of his many spokespeople, will not be condemning the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi cut-throats for acting "stupidly" by murdering innocent people for racist reasons, as he did when he accused the US's Cambridge, Mass police for merely arresting a man on suspicion of burglary...

  2. the Monsey TzadikAugust 4, 2009 at 6:45 AM

    I think you have the wrong link, Times On Line actually leads to YNET

  3. the Monsey Tzadik said...

    I think you have the wrong link, Times On Line actually leads to YNET
    link corrected - thanks


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