A mob destroyed a Hindu temple in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday by setting it on fire, officials said. 

Footage posted to social media showed thick smoke billowing from the site as men used hammers to damage the structure's walls.

Local Muslim clerics from the town of Karak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had told authorities that they would be organizing a peaceful protest against the alleged expansion of the centuryold temple, Rahmatullah Wazir, a police officer told news agency Reuters.

He said that during the protest, the clerics started giving "provocative speeches," after which the mob set the temple ablaze.

The Associated Press quoted local police as saying that they arrested at least 14 people in overnight raids over the temple attack.

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