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Pakistani Christian boy dies after being set on fire by Muslims
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Fourteen-year-old Nauman Masih, a Pakistani Christian boy has died five days after being set on fire by two Muslim men. Nauman was set on fire in an apparent sectarian attack in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, last week. Fifty percent of his body was covered in burns.
Fourteen-year-old Nauman Masih said he did not know the identities of his attackers. His attending physician, Dr. Shahid Hussain confirmed Nauman's death this week.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I work at a tailor shop. I was returning from the shop when two men on motorbikes stopped me and asked about my religion. When I told them I am a Christian, they started calling me names," Nauman told a lawyer, in a video statement while in hospital. The clip was uploaded to social media.
"When I asked them not to abuse me, one man poured kerosene on me and lit a match. I ran toward a heap of sand and lay down. A few people from the community put out the fire by putting sand on me. After that I fell unconscious," he said.
Nauman said he did not know the identities of his attackers. His attending physician, Dr. Shahid Hussain confirmed Nauman's death this week.
The teenager's father died when he was four and his mother is married to a Muslim man.
Nauman had been living with his paternal uncle, Nadeem Masih, who called on authorities to track down his nephew's killers.
"I appeal to the Punjab government and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to ensure the killers are brought to justice," Nadeem said.
"We have registered a police complaint," he said, adding that he had raised Nauman like his own son.
Police have launched an investigation because of Nauman's statement.
Joseph Francis, national director of the Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), condemned the attack.
"The killing of Nauman has further increased a prevalent sense of insecurity among Christians who are yet to recover from the twin suicide attacks on churches in Lahore," he said. At least 15 people were killed in those bombings on last month.
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