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Three Killed Over 'Blasphemous' Facebook Post In Pakistan


Pedestrians walks past the smoke-charred house of an Ahmadi following an attack by an angry mob in the eastern city of Gujranwala, in the Punjab province on July 28, 2014. An angry

A mob has burned down several houses belonging to minority Ahmadis in eastern Pakistan, killing a woman and her two granddaughters.

The rioting in the city of Gujranwala of Punjab Province erupted late on July 27 after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook.

Police said the dead included a 7-year-old girl and her baby sister.

Ahmadis consider themselves Muslim but a Pakistani law adopted in 1974 declared them non-Muslims because they believe in a prophet after Muhammad.

Persecution and killings of religious minorities are common in Pakistan, where hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims can result in a blasphemy charge, punishable by death.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, AP and Gaurdian
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