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Over 1,800 Holy Quran, Hadith books burned down in Akyab

Akyab,
Arakan State:
Over
1,800 Holy Quran and Hadith books were burnt down by Rakhine
extremists with the collaboration of security forces, at about 2:00
pm, on October 7, in Akuab,( Sittwe), the capital of Arakan, said a
local villager on condition of anonymity.

“The
Rakhine also tried to torch the central Mosque of Akyab, but security
force, especially military gave protection from setting on fire.
However, the Rakhine extremists burned down five houses in the
compound of big Mosque. They also burned down a big library of over
1800 religious books- Holy Quran and Hadith books.”


In the arson attack, five houses
were burnt down inside the central Mosque compound.

The Rakhine extremists tried to set
on fire of Dil Mohamed’s house, hailed from Ambala ward of Akyab
(Sittwe) by throwing petrol gallons to his home, but luckily the
family members were awake, so it was possible to put off the fire,
said a local elder from Sittwe.

The also set on fire a book shop
which is established at the gate of central Mosque.
How the Rakhine people are allowed
to torch the Muslim properties within the Act of 144, while the
Muslims are kept in the houses like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi house
arrest, said a local youth.


“We
the Rohingya people protest this kind of atrocities by Rakhine
extremists due to the emergency ACT 144, and we ask the government to
inquiry the event of arson attack of central Mosque,” said a
villager of Sittwe.


Some media stated that the fire
broken out due to shock circuit in electrical transmission line,
according to a teacher from Sittwe.


This action is concerned to the
riots of Ramu, Bangladesh that damaged 12 Buddhist temples and
houses. 

Source : KPN