"Nigerian Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches on Saturday, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.
It was the first major protest to erupt over the issue in Africa's most populous nation. An Associated Press reporter saw mobs of Muslim protesters swarm through the city center with machetes, sticks and iron rods. One group threw a tire around a man, poured gas on him and set him ablaze...
...Thousands of rioters burned 15 churches in Maiduguri [Nigeria] in a three-hour rampage before troops and police reinforcements restored order, Nigerian police spokesman Haz Iwendi said. Iwendi said security forces arrested dozens of people in the city about 1,000 miles northeast of the capital, Lagos.
Chima Ezeoke, a Christian Maiduguri resident, said protesters attacked and looted shops owned by minority Christians, most of them with origins in the country's south. "Most of the dead were Christians beaten to death on the streets by the rioters," Ezeoke said. Witnesses said three children and a priest were among those killed..."
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Another Priest Is Martyred In Muslim Riots
Zenit News Agency is releasing more details about the second priest killed in the controversy over those anti-Mohammed cartoons. His name was Father Michael Gajere. L'Osservatore Romano reports: "The priest was brutally slain by a group of armed men, after heroically having saved the life of the altar boys present in the parish." In case you haven't heard, here was the initial story from the Associated Press. Here's an excerpt: