Five killed in second day of Charlie Hebdo protests in Niger

Five killed in second day of Charlie Hebdo protests in Niger
# 18 January 2015 04:23 (UTC +04:00)
Niger, a former French colony, has been gripped by Charlie Hebdo-fueled violence since Friday, when a protest rally in front of a French cultural center led to deadly clashes in which three protesters and a police officer were killed. Another victim's body was discovered by emergency services inside a burned church, bringing Friday’s death toll to five.
On Saturday, Niger police again used tear gas against at least 1,000 aggressive young demonstrators in the capital, Niamey, who burned tires and pelted the security troops with stones. At least two police cars were burned out as the angry crowd retaliated against a decision to ban a march organized by local Muslim leaders.
At least five people were killed in the protest on Saturday, police sources said, bringing the overall death toll to 10. Two charred bodies were removed from a torched church on the outskirts of the capital. A woman's body was also found in a bar; she is believed to have died of asphyxiation from tear gas and smoke, Reuters reported.

In total, at least eight Christian churches were set on fire and ransacked across the country, AFP reported, as religious-linked conflict escalates in the country. The most recent tragedies bring the death toll in the West African country to eight over the past two days.

Yemen on Saturday also saw renewed demonstrations against the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

Meanwhile, in Russia’s predominantly Muslim republic of Ingushetia, some 10,000 people showed up to denounce both extremists hijacking Islam to spread a message of hatred and violence and those in the west who equate deliberate insulting of Muslims’ faith with defending freedom of speech.

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