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(BBC) – A mob of angry villagers in Pakistan ‘s North-West Frontier Province has killed a man accused of blasphemy, police say. Aasheq Nabi was shot dead in Nowshera district, 30km (18 miles) from Peshawar , after reports he had burnt a copy of the Koran. News of the alleged desecration spread rapidly, bringing people onto the streets and calls for his arrest.

Police said on Wednesday they had raided Mr Nabi’s house in the Pabbi area, but the 400-strong mob found him first. Witnesses say he was chased through fields and sought refuge up a tree before being shot dead by someone in the crowd. Police said Mr Nabi, who was in his 40s, had been in hiding since Monday. “We registered a case against him on Tuesday, but he was shot dead today before we could arrest him,” local police official Abdul Razzaq told the Associated Press. He said Mr Nabi’s family had been among those who reported him to police. Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the lynching.