Friday, May 9, 2008


Hundreds of Muslims went on a rampage April 20 in northern Nigeria's Kano state, burning Christian shops and vehicles and trapping thousands of Christians in churches until police dispersed the mobs.The violence reportedly was triggered by rumors that a Christian had blasphemed the Islamic prophet Muhammad."There has been tension in Kano, and across northern Nigeria between Muslims and Christians," Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs told Compass Direct News."Just hearsay that Mohammed had been blasphemed against was enough to stir people to violence."The Christian who was accused of blaspheming Muhammad was taken into custody by police when he was attacked by Muslims at a market in Kano city, Nettleton said. A mob formed at the police station, threatening to burn it down unless the Christian was released to be stoned to death in keeping with Islamic law. Police were able to persuade the mob to disperse. Christians in northern Nigeria are in danger, particularly if they are involved in outreach, Nettleton said.Hundreds of Christians have gone to police stations and military bases asking for protection from additional violence they believe will come.
As in the days of Noah...

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