INTERNATIONAL: Pakistani teen cuts off own hand after cleric accuses him of blasphemy

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INTERNATIONAL: Pakistani teen cuts off own hand after cleric accuses him of blasphemy
Syrian rebels cutting off a man's hand for stealing
Syrian rebels cutting off a man's hand for stealing
Syrian rebels cutting off a man’s hand for stealing

CNN – A Pakistani teenager cut off his hand after a Muslim cleric wrongly accused him of blasphemy, a local police chief told CNN.

Mohammad Anwar, a 15-year-old from Hujra Shah Muqeem, a village in Punjab province about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of Lahore, was being hailed as a hero by locals for his actions, Station House Officer Nausher Ali, the local police chief, told CNN.

Media reports in Pakistan also identified the teenager.

Ali said the incident took place Wednesday after the boy misheard the words of cleric Shabbir Ahmed during a sermon.

Ahmed had asked those present to raise their hands if they did not love the Prophet Mohammed, the police chief said, and the teen had mistakenly raised his hand.

Ahmed accused him of blasphemy, and the teen responded by going home, cutting off his hand and presenting it to the cleric on a plate, Ali said.

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  1. Smdh a guy cuts off his own hand and y'all are proud of that while y'all have both hands I know people have different beliefs in their country but this is very idiotic, how can cutting off ur own hand be good and the other people have both their hands and class the teen as a hero.

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