9 killed as Muslims, Christians clash in Pak


Hundreds of Muslims gathered in the morning and marched towards Christian homes at Azafi Abadi village, 160 km from Lahore. Witnesses said at least three persons were killed and some others injured when police fired at a mob that was trying to forcibly enter the homes of Christians.

The bodies of six Christians — three women, two children and a man — were pulled out of houses that were set alight by the mob. Officials said they feared the toll could rise as the rubble of some 70 burnt houses is yet to be cleared.

Eighteen people, including policemen, were injured in the clashes between the two groups.

The mob also looted over 100 houses.

Witnesses said at least five persons were injured when the two groups exchanged fire in the afternoon. A mob had on Friday burnt over 70 houses of Christians at Azafi Abadi over an alleged incident of desecration of the Quran.

Muslims set on fire another 15 houses of Christians on Saturday.

Violence erupted in the area when a group of Muslims alleged that three Christians had burnt pages of the Quran at a wedding ceremony.

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