Pakistani Mob Kill Man for 'Desecrating the Koran'

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Thousands of Pakistanis stormed a police station in the city of Bahawalpur Tuesday, dragging a man outside where they beat him to death and burned his body. The man had been detained for allegedly desecrating the Koran.

The mob burned several police cars, injured seven officers, and burned furniture and other items in the home of a local police chief before murdering the suspect, AP reported.

According to senior Pakistani police officer Mohammed Azhar Gujar, residents of Bahawalpur accused the man of throwing pages of the Koran on the street.

Police did not release the victim's name nor say whether he was a Muslim or a member of the Christian minority or other minority religion.

Meanwhile, on the same day in Egypt, three men described as "bearded" stabbed a young man to death for sitting with his girlfriend in a public park.

According to the report, Egyptian Islamists have stepped up vigilantism since the election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi, insisting that men and women be segregated in communal taxis and other public venues.

Also on Tuesday, two brothers, both musicians, were murdered on their way home after performing at a wedding. Islamists consider music a distraction from performing religious duties.

The report further states that fully veiled women are harassing others who are not and that Islamists in an Egyptian city on the Mediterranean distributed fliers instructing citizens not to listen to music or watch soccer games on television.

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