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Reinforcements have been deployed following the violence

Reinforcements have been deployed following the violence

Reinforcements have been deployed following the violence

Hundreds of Muslims in eastern Bangladesh angry about a social media post have launched a wave of attacks against Hindu temples and homes, police said.

Officers arrested 15 people suspected of taking part in the violence, which erupted over a social media post depicting the Hindu god Shiva over a picture of the Kaaba, the large cube-shaped building in Mecca which is considered one of the holiest places in Islam.

As news of the post spread through areas in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, hundreds of people rampaged for two hours on Sunday through Hindu communities east of the capital, Dhaka.

Police said 100 homes and five Hindu temples were looted. Some rioters apprehended a 27-year-old man they suspected of posting the offensive picture, but police have yet to determine if he posted it.

Reinforcements and members of Bangladesh's paramilitary border guard have been deployed in the area, around 94 miles east of Dhaka.

Such cases of vandalism and civic unrest between religious communities in Bangladesh are considered uncommon, though the country is struggling to stem a wave of violence by radical Islamist militants targeting religious minorities and atheists.

PA