Paramilitary forces deployed across much of the country after the worst communal violence in years targeted dozens of Hindu gatherings.

Paramilitary forces spread through much of Bangladesh on Friday to help curb the worst communal violence in years targeting members of the Hindu minority as they celebrated their largest annual religious festival, the New York Times reports.

At least four people have been confirmed to have died and more than 100 others wounded since Wednesday as violence expanded across the country following allegations that a copy of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, was disrespected in a temple in Cumilla, a district southeast of the capital, Dhaka. Authorities shut down mobile internet access in Dhaka for much of the day.

The worst of the violence convulsed Chandpur district, south of Dhaka, where police clashed with an angry mob trying to attack a Hindu temple.

Clashes and protests were reported in at least 10 of the country’s 64 districts, according to local media reports. Paramilitary forces were deployed to more than 35 districts to curb the spread of violence on Friday, the last day of a major Hindu festival, the Durga Puja, said Shariful Islam, a spokesman for the forces.

“A mob of Muslims went to attack Hindu temples and we sent police to control the situation,” said Anjana Khan Mojlish, the district magistrate in Chandpur. “The situation was getting worse and the police had no choice but to use firearms, which killed three — and all of them are Muslims.”

Gobinda Chandra Pramanik, the secretary general of the Bangladesh National Hindu Mahajote, an umbrella group, said at least 17 Hindu temples had been attacked and that idols had been vandalized. He also said that more than a hundred people had been wounded.

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