A mob in southern Pakistan burned a man alive Saturday who was accused of setting fire to copies of the Koran, Islam's sacred book, the online edition of the daily Express said.

The mob execution took place in the remote southern village of Seeta in Sindh province, when a crowd of locals dragged the victim out of a police station where he was being detained after being accused of blasphemy.

The assailants then set the man on fire in front of the police station.

The daily published the testimony of the imam of Seeta, Usman Memon, who said the victim had slept overnight in the village mosque, where the next day the faithful found the charred remains of copies of the Koran.

"Since he was the only person who had slept in the mosque, we took the man to the police station," Memon said.

The Express said that 200 villagers have been accused in court of murder and obstruction of the police, and that 10 cops have been suspended from the force for "negligence." EFE