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Muslim Graves Vandalized In Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Materials 13 May 2011 15:40
Eighteen Muslim graves have been vandalized in the central Kazakh town of Aktau.
Muslim Graves Vandalized In Kazakhstan

Eighteen Muslim graves have been vandalized in the central Kazakh town of Aktau, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Qaraghandy Oblast Interior Ministry spokesman Zhanatai Sembekov told RFE/RL that a local imam reported the incident to police on May 10.

Sembekov said the gravestones in a Muslim cemetery in the small town of Aktau were overturned and in some cases destroyed.

Police have launched an investigation.

About two-thirds of Kazakhstan's 16 million people are Muslim.

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