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Monday, 01 October 2012 - 9:41
Rioters torch Buddhist temples in Bangladesh
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Thousands of rioters torched Buddhist temples and homes in southeastern Bangladesh yesterday over a photo posted on Facebook deemed offensive to Islam, in a rare attack against the community.

Officials said the mob comprising some 25,000 people set fire to at least five Buddhist temples and dozens of homes in Ramu town and its adjoining villages, some 350 kilometres from the capital Dhaka.

Buddhists, who make up less than one per cent of Bangladesh's 153 million population, are based mainly in southeastern districts, close to the border with Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

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