Birmingham girl arrested for allegedly burning Qur’an

Friday, November 26, 2010

BIRMINGHAM - A 15-year-old Birmingham schoolgirl has been arrested on suspicion of inciting religious hatred after allegedly burning an English-language version of the Qur’an - and then posting video footage of the act on Facebook.

According to The Guardian, the teenager, from the Sandwell district of Birmingham, was filmed on her school premises burning the book.

Police have confirmed the incident was reported to the school and the video has since been removed from the social networking site.

Meanwhile, a 14-year-old boy was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of making threats on Facebook.

Both teenagers have been released on police bail.

The incident comes just two and a half months after six people were arrested after filming themselves dousing a Qur’an with fuel and setting it ablaze behind a pub in Tyneside.

This recent spate of Qur’an burnings follows Florida pastor Terry Jones’s incitement of people to burn copies of the holy book to commemorate the victims of 9/11. He eventually backed down from his threat to burn 200 copies of the Qur’an after he was told US soldiers serving in Afghanistan would be put at greater risk by his actions. (ANI)

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