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India’s largest mosque has been attacked, and its worshippers have been arrested.

Police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh have arrested several people in connection with the incident at the Masjid-i-Faqih mosque in Jorhat.

The mosque was destroyed after an explosive device was planted during Friday prayers in the wee hours of Saturday morning, a senior police officer told The Associated Press.

It was destroyed by two men on motorcycles in the early hours of the morning, the officer said.

Police said two men were arrested.

They are being interrogated.

The mosque, which has around 1,500 members, has been the scene of frequent protests in recent years.

It is located in a largely rural area near the provincial capital, where the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has an influential presence.

The government has blamed the violence on the anti-Muslim riots of 2012 that killed more than 1,000 people in the southern state of Jammu and Kashmir.