Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday special: Bangladesh Muslim mob torches sect's festival site

(AFP) An Islamic sect whose members are seen as heretics by mainstream Muslims on Thursday shifted the site for its centenary celebrations in Bangladesh after thousands of religious rivals torched the original venue.

A mob, which witnesses said numbered around 20,000, attacked the venue at Kaliakoir, near Dhaka, late Wednesday where members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat were due to mark 100 years since the movement began operating in what is now Bangladesh.

"They attacked the venue from all corners, shouting Allahu Akbar. They torched the canopy, tents and stage," Sanjit Kumar, a senior police official, told AFP.