45 churches torched in Niger capital in cartoon demos: Police

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.

Niamey: 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.

The protests, which left five people dead and 128 people injured, also saw a Christian school and orphanage set alight, Adily Toro, a spokesman for the national police, told a press conference. Similar protests on Friday in the second city of Zinder also saw five people killed and 45 wounded.

 

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