At least 70 churches were burned to the ground during the "anti-Charlie protests" in Niamey, the capital of Niger, the Ecumenical News website reports today (January 23, 2015).
The backlash of the Charlie Hebdo incident in France has spread far and wide.
The violent reaction against the satirical paper's controversial cover -- the first issue after a terrorist attack on its offices killed 12 people -- escalated quickly and reached as far as the former French colony.
At least five people have been killed in Niamey. Also, more than 170 people have been injured in Niger as a result of the French publication's ridiculing cartoon of Mohammad, the prophet of Islam.