MARDAN: A furious mob set alight a church along with residential quarters of some Christians in the Cantt area of Mardan as thousands took to the streets across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa against the anti-Islam film to mark Ishq-e-Rasool Day.
According to DIG Mardan Abdullah, the people were returning from their protest on Mall Road when they entered the Sarhadi Lutheran Church and smashed the furniture inside.
He said that they destroyed a small nursery school on its premises too and were trying to set the church on fire when some Christians tried reasoning with them. The angry mob torched the church anyway and leapt into the community residential quarters, setting three of those on fire too.
The protesters, who marched through different roads, culminated on Mall Road, broke into a courier office and stole cash as well, the DIG said.
He said that they also smashed the gate of the postgraduate college and the windows of a private mobile network company.
The DIG said that 50 men had been apprehended on charges of vandalism.