One of the burned Nigerien churches.
One of the burned Nigerien churches.
Jul 04, 2019 • Niger

Mob Torches Churches After Mosque Sermon

A mob of Muslim radicals attacked two churches in Niger’s third largest city on June 13 following an imam’s inflammatory message. The protestors burned an Assemblies of God church in the Zaria neighborhood, along with the pastor’s car, as well as the Life to the Full Christian Church. The imam in Zaria had denounced a new government bill on the exercise of worship, saying it was against Islam, though he later said he had misunderstood the bill. Police arrested 178 rioters following the attacks. No one was injured in the attacks, but the Assemblies of God church was completely destroyed. “Please pray for the Christians in Niger,” a VOM contact said. “Many are afraid.”

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