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July 05, 2004
Arson

Is your school a disappointment? Count your blessings.

SRINAGAR, India July 5, 2004 Kashmir's oldest school was burned down Monday, destroying one of the world's oldest copies of the Quran and thousands of other rare Islamic texts, in a suspected arson attack that some blamed on Islamic militants targeting moderate Muslim leaders.

The destruction shocked many in the disputed Himalayan territory, with the loss of the 105-year-old Islamia Higher Secondary School where some of the region's most prominent figures studied and of its 30,000-book library.

The top two stories when I did this post both concerned people setting fire to schools. By comparison, this school in New Zealand got off lightly.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 10:58 PM
Category: Violence
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