Smoke was still rising from the Christian village of Korian in Punjab province on July 31 after it was completely destroyed in a violent raid the previous night by thousands of Muslims.
KORIAN, Pakistan (UCAN) –Korian was home to about 100 Christian families, most of them laborers, who all fled the area in the wake of the attack. No one died in the incident.
The village in Faisalabad diocese was attacked after Muslims accused a family there of blasphemy. In all, 60 houses and two churches belonging to the Church of Pakistan and the New Apostolic Church were destroyed and livestock stolen.
“They have left nothing. My horse, my only source of income, has also been taken,” said Shubaan Masih, a local Christian. The mob also blockaded the road leading to the village for several hours refusing entry to police or firefighters.
Masih said the mob was armed with firearms and explosives. “They used trucks to break the walls and petrol to start the fires,” he said. “We saved our lives only by hiding in the fields until three in the morning, when relatives arrived with vehicles to collect us. The children cried all night,” Masih said.
Tension between the Christian and Muslim communities in the area arose after pages containing Islamic inscriptions were found in front of a Christian home on July 26 following a wedding. A group of Muslims then interrogated those who attended the wedding party, and accused the family of desecrating the Qur’an. UCA NEWS
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