Four killed in Bangladesh riot over facebook post about Prophet Mohammad

Elias Hubbard
October 21, 2019

At least four people were killed and dozens injured Sunday after security officials in southern Bangladesh opened fire to disperse hundreds of Muslims during a protest over an alleged social media post undermining Islam's Prophet Muhammad, police said. Bangladesh's leading newspapers said about 100 people were injured.

Some 20,000 Muslims demonstrated at a prayer ground in Borhanuddin town on the country's largest island of Bhola to call for the execution of the young Hindu man, who was arrested Saturday over charges of inciting religious tension.

He said that following a complaint by the Facebook account holder, police detained three people for allegedly hacking the account.

"We fired blank shots in self-defence when some people started throwing stones at our officers forcing us to take shelter in a building", said Sarkar Mohammad Kaisar, Superintendent of Police in Bhola.

Paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) troops have also been deployed in the area.

The violence was second such incident since 2016 in the Muslim-majority country when protesters attacked Hindu temples in eastern Brahmanbaria town after a blasphemous Facebook post.

In 2012, Muslim mobs torched Buddhist monasteries, houses and shops in the coastal Cox's Bazar district following a Buddhist youth's alleged defamatory photo post of the Koran.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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