Dozens Held After Christian Couple Killed By Mob

Dozens Held After Christian Couple Killed By Mob

The gruesome attack is the latest in a series on people accused of religious offences in Muslim-dominated Pakistan.

14:42, UK, Wednesday 05 November 2014

Pakistan police van taking anti-government protesters to jail in Islamabad

Police have been under pressure to catch the attackers

Dozens of people have been arrested in Pakistan after a mob beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating the Koran.

A police official in Kot Radha Kishan, 40 miles (64 kms) from Lahore, said the bodies were set on fire in the brick kiln where the couple worked.

Local media said they were accused of burning a copy of the Koran and throwing it into a rubbish bin.

“We have arrested 44 people, it was a local issue incited by the mullah of a local mosque,” a regional police chief told Reuters.

He added: “No particular sectarian group or religious outfit was behind the attack.”

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The attack is the latest in a series on people accused of religious offences in the primarily Muslim country.

Last month a British man with a history of mental illness who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy was shot by a prison guard in his cell.

Also in October, a Pakistani court upheld the death penalty against a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed.

The case drew global headlines after two prominent politicians who tried to help her were assassinated.

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Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue in Pakistan and those accused of it are sometimes lynched on the spot.

Christians make up about four per cent of the population and tend to keep a low profile for their own safety.

Sunni Muslim militants frequently bomb targets they see as heretical, including Christians, and Sufi and Shi’ite Muslims.

All of Pakistan’s minorities say the state fails to protect them against violence.

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