Forty-five churches were torched over the weekend in Niger`s capital during deadly protests over the publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon by the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, police said on Monday.
Police in Niger fired tear gas Sunday to break up a banned opposition demonstration in the capital Niamey, a day after deadly riots over the publication by France`s Charlie Hebdo magazine of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.
The protests against Charlie Hebdo's Prophet Muhammad cartoons raged for second day in Niger raising the death toll to 10 as five more people succumbed to the violence perpetrated by angry rioters who burned churches and attacked cops.
Five people were killed in the Niger capital on Saturday during violent riots against the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed on the cover of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, President Mahamadou Issoufou said.
Stone-throwing demonstrators set fire to two churches in Niger`s capital Niamey on Saturday, in the latest protest in France`s former African colonies at French newspaper Charlie Hebdo`s cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
At least two churches were torched in Niger's capital today as protests raged on against the publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon - considered as un-Islamic by Muslims - by a French weekly Charlie Hebdo.
France`s embassy in Niger warned French citizens to stay indoors Saturday as violent protests against publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon by the French weekly Charlie Hebdo spread in the capital Niamey.
The UN today expressed concern over the return of hundreds of refugees to Nigeria from Niger, saying authorities in the two countries should stop the repatriation until there are proper safeguards against the brutal violence by radical group Boko Haram.
Some 20,000 Nigerians have fled to Chad, Niger and Cameroon in the past two weeks after their towns and villages were attacked by Islamist sect Boko Haram, according to the United Nations and government figures.