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Bangladesh detains students for 'defaming Prophet'

Published on Apr 1, 2014 4:20 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Two students were detained in Bangladesh's port city of Chittagong after they were attacked by a mob over allegations they defamed the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook, police said on Tuesday.

Police filed primary charges against the two 18-year-olds under the country's Information Communications Technology (ICT) laws after investigators found anti-religious comments on their Facebook pages, local police chief Atiq Ahmed Chowdhury told AFP.

"Our officers rescued them from a mob of angry students who were beating them in a Chittagong college on Sunday," he said.

A court remanded the two accused in custody after rejecting their application for bail, Chowdhury added.

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