Reuters reports— Bangladesh accused Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar on Monday of involvement in attacks on Buddhist temples and homes in the southeast and said the violence was triggered by a photo posted on Facebook that insulted Islam.
Thousands of Muslims went on a rampage in Buddhist areas of Bangladesh near the border on Saturday, setting ablaze more than a dozen temples and monasteries and at least 50 homes. Property was looted, including statues of the Buddha.
"The attacks on temples and houses in Buddhist localities in Ramu and neighboring areas in Cox’s Bazar (district) were perpetrated by radical Islamists," Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir told reporters in Dhaka. Continue reading.
After heightened security and 160 arrests, some of the Buddhists began returning home on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
- Bangladesh blames Muslim Rohingyas for temple attacks - Reuters (reuters.com)
- 25,000 Muslim rioters torch Buddhist temples, homes in Bangladesh (PHOTOS) (EndtheLie.com)
- Facebook Post Sparks Attack on Buddhists (ayannanahmias.com)
- Bangladesh vows to protect Buddhists after Facebook photo attacks (csmonitor.com)