Niger protests over Charlie Hebdo Prophet Mohammed cartoon leaves four dead and 45 injured

From AFP via the Telegraph and the French edition of the Local

Four people were killed and 45 injured in a day of violent protests in Niger’s second city against French magazine Charlie Hebdos publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. 

An irate crowd of around 50 people smashed the centre’s entrance door andset fire to the cafeteria, library and offices in spite of warning shots by two police guards, director Kaoumi Bawa told AFP.

Three churches – one Catholic and two Protestant – were also ransacked by the protesters, authorities in the southern city of Zinder said.

“We have never seen something like this in Zinder,” an unnamed official said, “it’s a black Friday”.

Amadou Mamane, a freelance journalist working in the city, told AFP that “just after Friday prayers, a mass of people poured their anger out on the streets of Zinder to protest against the caricatures of Prophet Muhammad.”

A doctor in the city’s hospital told AFP that all of the dead and three of the injured had gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile according to AFP again, this time via ExPatica

Thousands took to the streets of the Malian capital Banako on Friday to protest the publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in the latest edition of the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo.

After Friday prayer’s, protesters left mosques and converged on a main road in the centre of the capital of the country where 90 percent of the population is Muslim. Police and reporters estimated that many thousand of demonstrators heeded Muslim leaders’ protest calls.

Speaking of an “affront to Islam,” the protest leaders criticised Charlie Hebdo, which published its latest issue on Wednesday a week after Islamist gunmen killed 12 people in an attack on its Paris headquarters.

North of the capital in the town of Tenenkou there was violence from armed jihadists, part of the fighting that has beenongoing for more than two years

(AFP) – At least two Malian soldiers were killed in an attack by jihadist forces Friday on the central town of Tenenkou, UN military sources said.

Islamist fighters had infiltrated the town “since Wednesday night,” a local told AFP, before attacking troops Friday, killing at least two of them.

“This morning they started with heavy firing (and) the army responded. I saw the bodies of three Malian soldiers, and the Islamists left with their dead and injured,” the resident, who asking not to be identified, said.


One Response

  1. If it wasn’t the Charlie Hebdo cartoons as a pretext, it would be something else. Any excuse will do to run riot, burn and smash things (especially churches or anything else belonging to non-Muslims), and kill either non-Muslims or other Muslims deemed insufficiently-Islamic.

    Islam: It’s a Riot.

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