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Religious Violence Erupts in Pakistan

  • VOA News

Muslims angered by allegations of desecration of the Koran by a Christian man have burned at least two churches, a covenant and the home of a priest in Pakistan's central Punjab province.

Officials say an estimated 15-hundred people took part in the attack today (Saturday) near the town of Sangla Hill, northeast of Lahore. At least 24 people have been arrested.

Authorities say the unsubstantiated accusations about the desecration may have been motivated by a dispute over a gambling debt owed to the Christian man.

Christians account for about three percent of Pakistan's 150-million, mostly Muslim, population.
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