Cartoon Riots Target Christians

February 19, 2006

Source: BBC News

On February 19, 2006 BBC News reported, "Sixteen people have been killed in northern Nigeria during protests by Muslims over the cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad. Most of the deaths occurred in rioting in Maiduguri, capital of north-eastern Borno state. One person died in similar riots in north-central Katsina state. Witnesses said most of the dead were from Maiduguri's minority Christians. The cartoonist whose cartoons sparked off the worldwide riots told a Scottish newspaper he had 'no regrets'. The riots in Nigeria are the first violent protests in the country over the cartoons. Eleven churches were torched during the protests and Christian businesses targeted. The country is nearly equally split between Muslims in the north and Christians."