Touba TV, an Islamic television station in Senegal was on Monday in trouble after sexual content appeared on their screens. Viewers tuning in between 13.10 to 13.30 local time that Monday got a shock when explicit sexual content appeared on their screens. The pornographic material ran during a popular programme, Tarixu Juma for about 15 minutes.

The private TV station which is run by Senegal’s influential Mouride Islamic sect had initially said that a troublesome “network bug” had led to the blunder but now are blaming an unidentified saboteur for the “satanic trick” that led to a hardcore porn film being shown on air.

“As a religious channel, the management of Touba TV and all our audience members are outraged and unreservedly condemn this criminal act which seems to be sabotage and a satanic trick designed to undermine a channel which is known to stand for Islamic values and teachings,” Touba TV management said in a statement.

Touba TV on Wednesday called the broadcasting blunder a “criminal act” and said the formal complaint will make it possible to identify the “authors who have an unknown agenda.”

The broadcaster added that its viewers were offended, and it condemned the attempt to sabotage the values it advocates.

The station broadcast religious programmes promoting Islamic values and teachings including sermons and prayers.

How the perpetrators accessed the station’s network is still a mystery.