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Hindu temple attacked in Bangladesh

Idols of Hindu goddesses were destroyed when unidentified persons attacked a temple in southwestern Bangladesh today, the latest in a string of incidents against the minority community.

The attackers ripped off the heads of idols of Goddess Kali and Saraswati and threw them in the courtyard of the temple in Pirojpur district, Bdnews24 reported.

The idols were found smashed and destroyed this morning, a devotee was quoted as saying by the media.

A probe to find those responsible for the attack is already underway, said police official A Khalek.

“The attackers will be found and punished,” Mrinal Kanti Dey, chief executive of Nazirpur sub—district, told Bdnews24.

The attack on the temple was the latest in a string of incidents against Hindus, who make up about 8.4 per cent of Bangladesh’s population of 150 million.

Suspected opposition activists attacked Hindus in several districts during and after the January 5 election, accusing them of backing the Awami League which swept the polls following a boycott by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

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