The Religion of Peace - Insane mobs of Bangladesh Muslims riot, burn and loot Buddhist Temples and homes.
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Homes were torched in the overnight violence which came after a 25,000-strong mob ran riot in Ramu, a village in the district of Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh , on Saturday night, smashing temples and setting fire to dozens of homes.
The riots later spread to Patia, home to a sizable Buddhist population outside the southeastern port city of Chittagong, where mobs attacked and vandalized four temples.
Ahmed said soldiers were now patrolling Buddhist neighborhoods and temples in Cox's Bazaar to prevent a further outbreak of violence.
"The army and BGB (border guards) have been deployed in the trouble spots," he told AFP. "The situation is calm but tense."
Muslim Destroying Buddhist Temple in Bangladesh
A Muslim mob torched and vandalised a village of Buddhists in Cox's Bazaar's Ramu Upazila early on Sunday in one of the worst religious attacks in Bangladesh.
A senior army officer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said around 1,000 troops had been deployed to Cox's Bazaar, including 300 in Ramu.
"We have secured the temples and Buddhist areas. Our teams have set up tents for the people whose houses were burnt," he told AFP. "We have adequate forces. Things are getting back to normal."
Sunil Barua, a journalist who lives in a Buddhist neighborhood in Ramu, said two of the temples attacked over the weekend were 300 years old.
"They looted Buddha statues from the temples, and shops owned by Buddhists were also looted," he told AFP by phone.
"The villages look like as if they were hit by a major cyclone."
Buddhists, who make up less than one percent of Bangladesh's 153 million population, are based mainly in southeastern districts, close to the border with Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
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The Washington Post reports about 1,000 Buddhist families fled their homes after the attacks were launched late Saturday. As the unrest continued through early Sunday, many Buddhist-owned homes and shops were looted. Nojibul Islam, a Cox’s Bazar police chief, said at least 20 people were injured.
Many in the impoverished neighborhood of Merunglua lost everything.
“I was in my shop. They suddenly came and set my shop on fire,” grocery owner Prodip Barua told The Associated Press. “I started running and took my two children and wife from my home and fled the area.”
He knew his shop had been burned to ashes, but when he returned Monday he was shocked to see that his home was also destroyed.
“How will I survive now? How will I send my children to schools?” he sobbed. “I have lost everything.”
|Bangladeshi Buddhist monks stage a protest in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 after Muslims torched Buddhist temples in southern Bangladesh|
|Damaged statues at a Buddhist temple that was torched in Ramu in the coastal district of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh|
|A Buddha statue stands amidts the ruins of a Buddhist temple that was torched in Ramu in the coastal district of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.|
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