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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  2003  Crowd tries to attack Ahmadia mosque in city
Crowd tries to attack Ahmadia mosque in city

The Daily Star
Vol. 4 Num 177Fri. November 21, 2003

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Crowd tries to attack Ahmadia mosque in city
Staff Correspondent

A few hundred people tried to attack an Ahmadia mosque at Nakhal Para in Tejgaon last night from an anti-Ahmadia sect procession, but police dispersed the crowd.

Police said about 500 people from nearby mosques went closer to the sect's mosque near Nabisco factory after Tarabi prayers, shouting slogans for declaration of the Ahmadia sect as non-Muslim and closure of the mosque.

“They tried to storm the Ahmadia mosque. Had we not been there in time, the unruly crowd could have demolished the mosque,” a police officer told The Daily Star by phone.

Locals said the devotees threw stones at the mosque.

Police linked the incident to a dispute between the Ahmadia sect and local Muslims over offering of prayers in the sect’s mosque.

The incident sparked tension in the area and a few contingents of police were deployed there to maintain peace.

A leader of the Ahmadia sect went to Tejgaon Police Station last night, seeking security of the mosque during Friday prayers.

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