Pakistan

Police arrests dozens of suspects in Christian couple killing

LAHORE: Police on Wednesday has arrested dozens of people after a mob beat a Christian couple to death and burned their bodies for allegedly desecrating Holy Quran.

The took place in a village in Kot Radha Kishan on Tuesday when mob gathered outside the house of Shehzad Masih, 32, and his wife Shama, in her 20s, dragged them out and beat them to death, police said.

Their bodies were then set on fire in a brick kiln where they worked.

“We have arrested 44 people, it was a local issue incited by the mullah of a local mosque,” Jawad Qamar, a regional police chief, told Reuters.

“No particular sectarian group or religious outfit was behind the attack.”
Punjab police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar said the couple, like many other poor Christians in the area, worked in a brick kiln owned by a local man who has also been arrested.

“Three days ago, a co-worker alleged that they had burnt pages of the holy Koran. On Tuesday morning, a mob gathered outside their house, dragged them out, beat and burnt them in the same kiln where they worked,” she said. -Reuters

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