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Fresh Wave of Violence at Niger Anti-Charlie Hebdo Protests

© REUTERS / Tagaza DjiboA man (2nd L) holds a sign reading "Charlie and his allies are damned" during a protest in Niamey Niger, January 17, 2015
A man (2nd L) holds a sign reading Charlie and his allies are damned during a protest in Niamey Niger, January 17, 2015 - Sputnik International
Police have fired tear gas at demonstrators in Niger, who continued their protest against satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad today, AFP reports.

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MOSCOW, January 17 (Sputnik) — Demonstrations resumed in Niger today - and they do not seem peaceful at all, AFP reports.

At least 1,000 young people assembled at the grand mosque in the capital Niamey, some of them throwing rocks at police.

The protests erupted after French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published more cartoon images of the Prophet Mohammad.

The demonstrators set French flags ablaze and attacked Christian shops with clubs and Molotov cocktails. Police responded with tear gas.

"The protesters were crying out in the local Hausa language: 'Charlie is Satan — let hell engulf those supporting Charlie'," Reuters quoted one of the witnesses, shopkeeper Aboubacar Mamane as saying.

Protests also erupted in Pakistan and Algeria, resulting in several injuries.

Peaceful marches took place after Friday prayers in the capital cities of several former French colonies in western Africa: Mali, Senegal and Mauritania.

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