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3 killed as clashes erupt between Muslims, Christians in Pak

world Updated: Aug 01, 2009 17:43 IST

Three persons were killed and several others injured on Saturday when police opened fire to quell clashes between Muslims and the minority Christian community in Pakistan's Punjab province following the alleged desecration of Quran.

Hundreds of Muslims from several villages gathered on Saturday morning and marched towards Christian homes at Azafi Abadi village, 160 km from Lahore.

Witnesses said at least three persons were killed and some others injured when police fired at members of a mob that was trying to forcibly enter the homes of Christians.

Witnesses also said at least five persons were injured in an exchange of fire between the two groups though there was no official word on casualties.

"Three people have been killed so far in the clashes and a couple are seriously injured," Aslam Sahothra, general secretary of the Human Liberation Commission of Pakistan, told PTI.

When the mob was stopped by a large contingent of police, it blocked the Gojra-Faislabad road and disrupted train services. Police initially fired in the air to stop the mob that was trying to burn the homes of Christians.

When they failed to disperse the protestors, police opened fire at the mob, witnesses said. Reports also said two senior police officers were injured in the clashes.