Islamic attackers in Pakistan damaged a nearly century-old Hindu temple in the garrison city of Rawalpindi before fleeing the scene, police said Monday.
The vandals damaged the door and the stairs of the temple in the attack, which took place on Saturday night. The temple was not yet reopened for the Hindu community for worship and was still undergoing renovation, according to local police official Mohammad Toseef Sajjad.
The renovation had temporarily been halted for the Hindu festival of Holi, when Hindus throw colored powder and spray water on each other to mark the advent of spring. Until the renovations started, the temple had remained abandoned. Nearby shop owners had encroached on much of the land that the temple was built on.
There were no further details. Islamic group has taken responsiblity for the attack.
In general, Muslims have destroyed Hindus living in the predominantly Muslim Pakistan. There have been attacks on Hindu temples since the creation of Pakistan. Most of Pakistan’s minority Hindus migrated to India in 1947 when India was divided by Britain’s government.