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Churches in Niger Burned During ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Protests

Churches in Niger Burned During ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Protests

Angry demonstrators in Niger set fire to churches and vandalized Christian shops during massive protests in response to the latest issue of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The new issue—the first since radical Islamic gunmen killed 12 people during an attack on the publication’s Paris office—depicted Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, an act many Muslims view as offensive. Over the course of two days this weekend, police and protestors clashed in several cities across the country. A French cultural center was also burned. Though reports of casualties vary, Bloomberg says that as many as 10 people were killed in the violence. In a televised statement, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou said, “We can’t accept this to be in the name of our religion. We condemn this unrest.” Demonstrations in several other West African nations remained mostly peaceful …

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