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45 Churches Torched In Anti-Charlie Hebdo Protests In Niger's Capital

Deadly protests against the French magazine's publication of an image of the Prophet Muhammad erupted in the west African nation

Posted on January 19, 2015, at 9:18 a.m. ET

Forty-five churches were torched in Niger's capital Niamey over the weekend as deadly protests erupted against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's publication of an image of the Prophet Muhammad, AFP reported.

A man covers hear his mouth near burning tyres during anti-Charlie Hebdo protests in Niamey, Niger, Jan. 18.
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A man covers hear his mouth near burning tyres during anti-Charlie Hebdo protests in Niamey, Niger, Jan. 18.

Police said five people died and 128 people were injured during the demonstrations.

A picture taken on Jan. 17 shows a fire-damaged church in Niamey.
AFP / Getty Images BOUREIMA HAMA

A picture taken on Jan. 17 shows a fire-damaged church in Niamey.

National police spokesman Adily Toro said during a press conference that a Christian school and orphanage had also been set alight.

People brandish sticks near a burned-out car in Niamey on Jan. 17.
AFP / Getty Images BOUREIMA HAMA

People brandish sticks near a burned-out car in Niamey on Jan. 17.

Five people were killed and 45 people were injured in Niger's second city, Zinder, during similar protests on Friday.

A ransacked church burns in Zinder on Jan. 16.
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A ransacked church burns in Zinder on Jan. 16.

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