NIAMEY: Protesters torched a church overnight in the southern Niger city of Maradi after the arrest of a prominent imam, religious and security sources told AFP.
The assailants also burnt the pastor’s car, a church official said in a whatsapp message to parishioners that was copied to AFP. “The police is already there, we must be careful,” he added.A local security source confirmed the attack in Maradi’s working-class district of Zaria. Witnesses said that late Saturday youths set up roadblocks and burned tyres in the streets of Niger’s third largest city.
The protests came after Sheikh Rayadoune, the imam of the Zaria mosque in Maradi, was arrested Saturday, a day after criticising as “anti-Islam” a proposed new law on religious worship.