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Charlie Hebdo protesters storm Pakistan school

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Published on January 30, 2015 with No Comments

Hundreds of Pakistani students protesting against a French magazine for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed stormed a Christian boys` school demanding it close, officials and police said

Four students were slightly hurt in the incident in the northwestern town of Bannu on Monday, which happened as students from local colleges and schools demonstrated against the cartoons printed in French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

“A group of some 200 to 300 protesting students entered Panel High School after jumping its outer walls and forcibly opened the gates,” school principal Fredrick Farhan Das told media.

He said the students who wanted the school to be shut damaged the property and smashed windows. “This caused kind of a stampede, which slightly injured four students,” Das said.

Under Pakistan`s strict blasphemy laws, insulting the prophet can carry the death penalty, and the country`s prime minister and parliament have strongly condemned the publication of the cartoons.

At least three people were injured on January 16 when protesters and police clashed at an anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration outside the French consulate in Karachi.


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