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A Christian boy in Pakistan, age 14, died last night after being set on fire by unidentified Muslims. According to the boy’s testimony, the Muslim men asked him about his religious identity before the attack. When the boy told them he was a Christian, the men started beating him. After being severely beaten, the men poured kerosene on him and set him on fire. The boy survived the initial attack, but died of his wounds last night. Funeral services will take place tomorrow. 

4/15/2015 Pakistan (Catholic Herald) – A Pakistani Christian boy has died after being set on fire by a group of young Muslims after they discovered he was a Christian, according to a charity dedicated to supporting Pakistani Christians.

The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) said that Nauman Masih, 14, was set upon by unknown Muslims who were going to the mosque to offer their Friday prayers.

Nauman died last night and his funeral service was held today at 1pm (local time) in Gulshan Ravi, Shera Kot, in Lahore, CLAAS said.

In Nauman’s statement to the Superintendent of Police he said that two Muslims approached him on a motorbike and asked him about his religion. When he said he was Christian they started to beat him up and after he ran away, folllowed him and subsequently threw kerosene over him and set him alight.

Nauman said: “I was running when a heap of sand came my way, I lay down on the sand, and a few people from the community put out the fire by putting sand on me. I became unconscious, and they called the emergency medical helpline and called [for] an ambulance.”

The police have registered a case against the unknown attackers.

Christians in Pakistan are becoming increasingly endangered in the country. Last November a Christian couple, Shama and Shahzad, were burnt alive in a brick kiln furnace.

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