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Three Killed Over 'Blasphemous' Facebook Post In Pakistan

A mob has burned down several houses belonging to minority Ahmadi Muslims in eastern Pakistan, killing a woman and her two granddaughters.

The rioting in the city of Gujranwala of Punjab Province erupted late on July 27 after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook.

Police said the dead included a 7-year-old girl and her baby sister.

Persecution and killings of religious minorities are common in Pakistan, where hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims can result in a blasphemy charge, punishable by death.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and AP