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Bosnian Mosque Burns Down During Muslim Holiday


SARAJEVO (Reuters) -- A mosque in southeastern Bosnia burnt to the ground early on December 8 as Muslims celebrated the Eid al-Adha religious holiday, state television reported.

Police said they were investigating the cause of the blaze in Fazlagica Kula, a village near the town of Gacko, which left only the mosque's minaret standing.

The village is in Bosnia's Republika Srpska, an autonomous region that makes the country along with the Muslim-Croat Federation.

Few Muslim families have returned into the Serbian-controlled area after the 1992-95 war.

The Bosnian Muslims, or Bosniaks, account for nearly a half the population in Bosnia, alongside Roman Catholic Croats and Orthodox Serbs.
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