Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happening Now: 4 dead, church burnt in Kano riots – Witnesses

A mispronunciation taken to be blasphemous in Nigeria’s north sparked a riot by Muslim youths

Thursday, leaving four people dead as well as a church and shops burnt, police and residents said.
“What happened in (the town of) Bichi was misinformation,” Kano state police chief Ibrahim Idris told reporters. “Rumours went round that someone blasphemed the Prophet and there was a breakdown of law and order.”


Residents reported four people dead along with the church and Christian-owned shops burnt.
The riot came on the same day that former British prime minister Tony Blair and the incoming spiritual head of the world’s Anglicans Justin Welby launched an initiative in the Nigerian capital Abuja aimed at Muslim-Christian reconciliation.

According to Idris, a Christian tailor mispronounced the name of a dress while chatting with his Muslim neighbour in Hausa, the major language spoken in the north, changing the meaning to ‘the Prophet has come to the market’.

Idris however denied anyone was killed, though residents spoke of the deaths. Bichi is located some 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Kano, the largest city in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north.
“Four Igbos were killed in the attacks. One of them was thrown into a ditch near my house,” one resident said, referring to a mainly Christian ethnic group.

“Scores of shops owned by Christians and a church were burnt by a large mob of Muslim youth who set bonfires on the road and disrupted traffic.”

Another resident said he saw four dead bodies “hacked with machetes by the rioters”. Religious and ethnic tensions in the country regularly lead to outbreaks of violence.

Source:  Vanguard Newspapers

6 comments:

  1. They will never escape God's punishment. Useless pple living safely in other states & terrorizing the innocent & making life unbearable for non muslems in their own country.God will come dwn on them in just a moment. Its for an appointed time

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