Cartoon protests turn deadly in Nigeria

Feb. 18, 2006 at 7:09 PM
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LAGOS, Nigeria, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Sixteen people have been killed in rioting in Nigeria over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed -- the latest in a string of global protests over the depiction.

Most of the Nigerian deaths occurred in Maiduguri, capital of north-eastern Borno state, the BBC reported.

CNN reported that 11 churches were burned.

The country is equally split between Muslims in the north and Christians, the BBC said, and Christian leaders in the north denounced the publication of the cartoons in a Danish newspaper last year.

The violence in Nigeria followed lethal riots in Libya and Pakistan over the past week, despite pleas from Muslim governments for calm.

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