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A man who allegedly destroyed a copy of the Quran was burned to death by a mob at a police station in Pakistan, Christian News reports. While ICC has not been able to verify whether or not the man who was murdered is Christian, it is often times minorities, including Christians, who are killed for accusations of blasphemy. The case exemplifies the brutality of Islamic extremism in Pakistan where more than 50 people have been killed by vigilantes in the past 25 years while awaiting trial or after having been acquitted of blasphemy.
12/31/2012 Pakistan (Christian News) – A mob stormed a police station in Pakistan and burned a man to death for destroying a copy of the Koran, reports state.
The incident happened on Saturday, after a man, who is only being identified as a traveler, spent the night at a local mosque.
When the remains of a charred Koran were found inside of the mosque, the man was beaten and then handed over to authorities to be charged with blasphemy.
However, hours later, a mob of approximately 200 people stormed the police station where the man was being held, dragged him outside and burned him to death.
Police have now arrested 30 people for their participation in the murder, and approximately seven police officers were detained for their negligence in allowing the incident to occur. District Police Chief Usman Ghani told reporters that the man’s murder had been recorded on the cell phones of various individuals, and that the footage is being reviewed to identify those involved in his death.
A similar incident happened in July of this year when a man was also killed for burning a copy of the Koran. Reuters reports that such occurrences are becoming more commonplace.
“People have been arrested for just discussing or writing about Islam, making mistakes in homework or not joining protests against a film insulting Islam,” the news organization outlined. “In some cases, the accusers have had financial disputes with those who are accused.”

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