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Muslims Torch Buddhist Temples, Homes in Bangladesh

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A Buddhist temple burnt by Muslims is seen in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 30, 2012.

A Buddhist temple burnt by Muslims is seen in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 30, 2012.

Hundreds of angry Muslims torched Buddhist temples and homes in southeastern Bangladesh early Sunday, complaining that a Buddhist man posted an anti-Islam photograph on Facebook.

Muslims in the Cox's Bazar area, near the border with Buddhist-majority Burma, set fire to at least five Buddhist temples and dozens of homes. The rioters say a local Buddhist man posted a photograph that defamed the Quran, the Muslim holy book. The protesters took to the streets late Saturday.

Police say the situation was brought under control early Sunday.

It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties or if any arrests were made.


Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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