Posted by News Express, Lagos | 15 September 2012 | 2,960 times
It was a tale of blood and tears as at least seven more people lost their lives yesterday following escalated protests over the controversial anti-Islam film Innocent Muslims.
The casualties came as the protests spread to many more countries across the world over the movie made by an American national which paints Prophet Muhammad in negative light.
While Muslim protesters in Nigeria and some other countries displayed maturity and were non-violent, the same was not the case elsewhere.
At least seven people were killed in Tunisia and Sudan after weekly Muslim prayers, while there was new violence in Egypt and Yemen and across the Muslim world.
The Tunisian Government confirmed that at least two people were killed and 29 wounded after police gunfire near the US Embassy in the capital city of Tunis.
In Sudan, state radio reported three dead in the capital, Khartoum. Deaths were also reported in Cairo, capital of Egypt, and, outside Africa, in Lebanon.
As previously warned by News Express, some Nigerian Muslims joined in the protests after the Friday prayers. Government troops had to fire into the air to disperse protesters at the Central Mosque in Jos, capital of Plateau State in the country’s north-central.
“Thank God for the STF for being on top of the situation and calming the angry Muslim protesters in Jos after their Juma’at Prayers today,” said Jos resident Goshwe Simi Angeline to News Express.
“God bless the peace loving Muslims in Jos, we‘ve expressed our view and shown to the world how peaceful we are,” said Maigoro A. Abdullahi, a devout Muslim, in an exchange with News Express’ Publisher.
A group of Muslims in Jos had also demonstrated on Wednesday evening but yesterday’s was more serious.
Elsewhere in the world, protests took place in about a dozen countries, including in Britain, where 150 protesters marched on the US Embassy in London, chanting ‘burn burn USA’ as the American flag went up in flames, soon joined by the Israeli flag.
It could be recalled that the protests started Tuesday in Libya and Egypt, escalating the next day, resulting in the killing of the US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other diplomats during an attack on the American mission in Benghazi.
*Photo shows protesters in front of the burning German Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, after Friday Prayer.
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