At the least 4 folks had been killed and almost 50 injured Sunday after police fired on 1000’s of Bangladeshi Muslims protesting a Fb submit by a Hindu who allegedly defamed the Prophet Mohammed, officers mentioned.
Mob assaults over Fb posts perceived to be blasphemous have emerged as a significant headache for safety forces in Bangladesh, the place Muslims make up some 90 p.c of the nation’s 168 million folks.
Some 20,000 Muslims demonstrated at a prayer floor in Borhanuddin city on the nation’s largest island of Bhola to name for the execution of the younger Hindu man, who was arrested Saturday over fees of inciting non secular pressure.
Police mentioned they opened hearth in self-defence after a few of the crowd threw rocks at their officers.
“At least four people were killed and up to 50 people were injured,” police inspector Salahuddin Mia informed AFP.
He mentioned additional police and border guards had been being deployed within the city.
The demise toll is predicted to rise, with Bhola Sadar Hospital responsibility physician Tayebur Rahman telling AFP a minimum of seven of the 43 folks taken to hospital had been preventing for his or her lives.
“We have sent the critically injured people to the regional hospital in Barisal (city). Their conditions are not stable,” he mentioned.
In 2016, offended Muslims attacked Hindu temples in an jap city over a Fb submit was put up allegedly mocking one among Islam’s holiest websites.
In 2012, Muslim mobs torched Buddhist monasteries, homes and outlets within the coastal Cox’s Bazar district following a Buddhist youth’s alleged defamatory photograph submit of the Koran.
Bangladesh has additionally skilled a lot of assaults on folks from non secular minorities, secular bloggers, publishers, writers and foreigners, many claimed by Islamist militants.