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Dozens of Churches Burned in Charlie Hebdo Protests


Christians in the West African country of Niger are asking for prayer after Muslim rioters burned dozens of churches in violent protests over a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammed in a new issue of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

CBN News has contacts on the ground who say the violence is spreading and the government has not provided any protection for them after Muslim protestors burned a Christian clinic and about 40 churches.

The protests also killed four people and injured dozens of others.

The latest round of protests began after midday prayers on Friday, which is Islam's holy day.

Demonstrations also took place in several Pakistani cities.

The new issue of Charlie Hebdo has a drawing of Muhammed with a tear rolling down his cheek and the words "Je Suis Charlie." The saying, in support of free speech, swept through France earlier this month after Muslim terrorists targeted the magazine's publication offices for printing cartoons that mock Mohammad.

Twelve people died in the attack on Jan. 7.

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