Mosque and Muslim properties under attack, Injuring One in Waw Township
MUSLIM PROPERTIES, A MOSQUE AND A SCHOOL HAVE BEEN UNDER MOB ATTACK IN THUYETHAMAIN VILLAGE, BOGO REGION INJURING ONE MUSLIM.
Waw: Muslims’ properties, a mosque and a primary religious school have been attacked by mob leaving one Muslim injured in Thuyethamain Village, Waw Township, Bago Region on 23rd June 2016.
As a result, all local Muslims fled from their houses. They scattered apart and sought for refuge. Exits and ways to nearby villages have been blocked. Hence, their lives have been threatened.
There are estimated about 500 households in that village. Among them, 40 to 50 are Muslims’. Anti-Muslims are spreading rumors on social media that a monk was shot by catapult which has led to the breakout.
Htay Khaing, an officer-in-charge at the police station in Waw Township said on Friday, “some angry villagers attacked a Muslim man, and he was injured.”
The victim is identified to be Abdul Sharif, a resident of the village, where 40 of the around 500 houses are owned by Muslims – was accused of building a madrasa in his compound without asking permission from authorities.
“He was taken to the hospital in Waw,” Htay Khiang said, adding that security was provided for his family members. “For his safety, we will not disclose where he is being kept,” he said at the police station.
The victim’s brother Abdul Shareek, who lives in Hpa A town of southeastern Karen state, said he could not understand why Abdul Sharif was attacked. “He is a good man to neighbors,” he said while waiting at the police station to meet with his brother – who he was unable to see.
He said Abdul Sharif was building a new religious school at his house compound as an older madrasa in the mosque compound was unusable. “But he said building such a school is not committing a crime,” Abdul Shareek underlined.
Bago Regional Chief Minister U Win Thein, Security and Border Affairs Minister Colonel Khin Muang Htay arrived at the scene yesterday. It is reported that the chief minister kept promise to take effective action on that violence.
Updates will be available soon when received.
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