Nouakchott, Mauritania - Several Mauritanian political parties and organisations Wednesday condemned the desecration of the Quran at the weekend in a mosque in the outskirts of Nouakchott, the capital.
Pages from the sacred book for Muslim faithfuls were found torn and left in the toilets of a mosque.
One person died and several others were wounded following a demonstration that followed the incident.
The National Forum for Unity and Democracy (FNUD), that regroups several radical political parties, civil society organisations, trade union federations and independent personalities, have expressed 'profound indignation following such a serious attempt to ridicle the religion of the Mauritanian population.”
The FNUD called for an independent enquiry to unravel the matter and to identify the perpetrators.
Also reacting, the Alliance for Justice and Democracy and the Movement for Reconciliation (AJD/MR), two opposition parties, denounced what they termed as 'a vile act'.
The moderate Popular Progress Alliance (APP) said the incident constitutes an attack against the sacred book of Muslims and a contempt to the collective belief of the population.