Saturday, February 18, 2006

deadliest cartoon 'protests' yet: muslims massacre christians in nigeria

This is inexcusable. It is sick and evil. At least now we know that people in the darnedest parts of the world are aware of what we are up to in the West.

Deadly protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad spread in Africa, killing 16 people in Nigeria on Saturday a day after claiming 11 lives in Libya.

Many of those who died in northern Nigeria were Christians, killed after a Muslim protest over the cartoons turned violent and rioters torched churches, shops and vehicles, police and local officials said.

It was the bloodiest protest so far over satirical cartoons of the Prophet, first published in a Danish newspaper, that Muslims regard as blasphemous.

“They went on the rampage, burning shops and churches of the Christians. The protesters killed the others. Some were even killed in the churches,” said Joseph Hayab, north-west secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

The row over the cartoons also forced two ministers out of their jobs in Europe and the Middle East after 11 people died in the Libyan town of Benghazi in clashes on Friday between police and protesters who had tried to storm the Italian consulate.

Read the whole thing here.


Anonymous said...

Christopher Hitchens has some interesting observations about this cartoon thing:


Becca said...

we are praying daily for Bishop Kwashi ... the Hitchins article is courageous and excellent.