Tiny Minority of Extremists Update: “Pakistani Student’s Funeral Draws 50,000,” from AP, with thanks to Warren:
SAROKI, Pakistan – More than 50,000 people turned out Saturday for the funeral of a Pakistani student who died while under arrest in Germany for allegedly planning to attack a newspaper that published caricatures of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Amer Cheema, 28, was arrested in March as he tried to enter the office of Axel Springer, the publisher of Die Welt….
According to German police, Cheema hanged himself in his Berlin cell on May 3 using a noose made from his clothes. On Saturday, his coffin arrived at Lahore airport from Germany and a government helicopter carried the body to Cheema’s family in Saroki, a village 90 miles northwest of Lahore.
Chanting “God is great!” and “We are slaves of Prophet Muhammad!”, more than 50,000 people attended the funeral, dispersing peacefully afterward, said Fayyaz Bhutta, the district mayor.