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Pakistani mob torches dozens of Christian homes

Families flee neighborhood by the hundreds

LAHORE, Pakistan — A large crowd of people in eastern Pakistan rampaged through a Christian neighborhood Saturday, torching dozens of homes after hearing reports that a Christian man had committed blasphemy against Islam’s prophet.

Blasphemy is a major crime in Pakistan that can carry the death penalty but sometimes outraged residents exact retribution for perceived insults of Islam’s prophet Mohammed. Pakistan is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim and people of other faiths, including the nation’s small Christian community, are often viewed with suspicion.

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