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Foreign students attacked while offering Taraweeh prayers at Gujarat University in India

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Indian media reported an attack on worshippers in Gujarat, India, by unidentified individuals.

According to reports, a group of foreign students became the target of the attack while performing Taraweeh prayers in India.

The attack took place on March 16, at approximately 10:50 PM, within the government-owned hostel of Gujarat University. According to Police Commissioner Malik, around twenty individuals entered the hostel premises and expressed objection to foreign students practising their religious rituals, particularly praying, within the institution.

Video footage of the attack has circulated on various social media platforms, depicting several students injured during the altercation. The victims, presently hospitalized, were targeted while engaging in the Taraweeh prayer, highlighting the lack of a mosque in Ahmedabad.

Reports suggest that the international students, mainly from Africa, Afghanistan and Central Asian countries, stated that they were attacked for performing Taraweeh prayers in a dormitory room.

An Afghan student described being interrogated about their right to pray in the dormitory. Despite police intervention, the assailants escaped after damaging property and assaulting students.

Expressing safety concerns, another Afghan student urged Gujarat University to relocate them to a safer environment. Students affected by the attack, originating from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan, and various African countries, voiced fears about their security in the aftermath.

Malik emphasized that Gujarat University hosts approximately 300 international students from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, and various African nations. The A-block dormitory, where the incident occurred, accommodates about 75 foreign students.

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