Bangladeshi Muslims torch Buddhist temples, homes


COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims set fire to at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes in anger over a Facebook photo of a burned Quran before authorities restored order.

The situation was under control Sunday afternoon after extra security officers were deployed and the government banned public gatherings in the troubled areas near the southern border with Myanmar, said Nojibul Islam, a police chief in Cox’s Bazar.

He said at least 20 people were injured in the attacks that started late Saturday after a photo of a burned copy of the Muslim holy book was posted on Facebook. The rioters blamed the photo on a local Buddhist boy.

Bangladesh’s English-language Daily Star newspaper quoted the boy as saying that the photo was mistakenly tagged on his Facebook profile. Soon after the violence started, the boy’s Facebook account was closed and police escorted him and his mother to safety.


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