A mob of students beat a classmate to death for blasphemy while shouting “Allahu akbar” at a Pakistani university Thursday.
Approximately ten students stripped Marshal Khan naked, stomped on him, and hit him with planks, smashing his skull while other students watched, as reported by Reuters. The deadly beating was caught on camera.
Khan, whose religion is unknown, had purportedly posted blasphemous material on social media, according to police officers and school officials at the university in Mardan.
Mocking the Prophet Mohammed constitutes blasphemy in the Muslim-majority country. Seventeen people convicted of the crime sat on death row in Pakistan and 19 were serving life sentences as of the end of 2014, according to Human Rights Watch.
“After severe torture that led [to] his death, the charged students then wanted to burn his body,” Mohammad Alam Shinwari, police chief in Mardan, told Reuters. Shinwari reported that ten students are under arrest for the murder.
Khan studied journalism and one of his teachers spoke about his behavior.
“He was brilliant and inquisitive, always complaining about the political system of the country, but I never heard him saying anything controversial against the religion,” said the unnamed teacher.
Sixty-five people or more have been killed because of blasphemy accusations since 1990, according to the Center for Research and Security Studies.
This report, by Rob Shimshock, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.