At least 8 killed in Muslim-Christian clashes in E Pakistan 2009-08-01 20:29:58   Print

    ISLAMABAD, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- At least eight people were burned alive in religious clashes between Muslims and the minority Christian community in Gojra of eastern Pakistan's Punjab province, local TV reports said Saturday.

    Two houses have also been torched with the clashes still in progress unabated with armed people on rooftops firing gunshots in a colony in front of a railway station in Gojra.

    Reports said three persons were killed and several others injured when police opened fire to quell the clashes between the two groups following the alleged desecration of Quran.

    Hundreds of Muslims from several villages gathered Saturday morning and marched towards Christian homes at Azafi Abadi village, 160 km from the Punjab's capital of Lahore.

    Witnesses said at least three persons were killed and some others injured when police fired at members of a mob that was trying to burn the homes of Christians. Reports said two senior police officers were injured in the clashes.

    Witnesses also said at least five persons were injured in an exchange of fire between the two groups though there was no official word on casualties.

    Sajid Ishaq, the Inter-faith League chairman, has expressed concern over the violence against the Christian minorities.

    Christians in southern Pakistan held demonstration last Sunday against an attack in which four persons were injured, leading to forcible occupation of a primary school, reports said.

    The attack came barely a month after a mob attacked 100 houses of Christian in Punjab's Kasur district, destroying several houses and injuring many on blasphemy charge, it said.

Editor: Fang Yang
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