10 killed, churches torched in protests over Charlie Hebdo

Updated 7:51 AM EST, Wed January 21, 2015
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Caption:PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 11: Demonstrators make their way along Boulevrd Voltaire in a unity rally in Paris following the recent terrorist attacks on January 11, 2015 in Paris, France. An estimated one million people are expected to converge in central Paris for the Unity March joining in solidarity with the 17 victims of this week's terrorist attacks in the country. French President Francois Hollande will lead the march and will be joined by world leaders in a sign of unity. The terrorist atrocities started on Wednesday with the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12, and ended on Friday with sieges at a printing company in Dammartin en Goele and a Kosher supermarket in Paris with four hostages and three suspects being killed. A fourth suspect, Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, escaped and is wanted in connection with the murder of a policewoman. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Story highlights

Violent protests in Niger leave 10 dead, churches and other sites torched

"Leave Gaza, you French, or we will slaughter you," Palestinian protesters reportedly say

Peaceful protests over Charlie Hebdo reported from Somalia to Chechnya

(CNN) —  

Violent protests have erupted in parts of the world over the latest issue of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

While there have also been largely peaceful protests, authorities from Africa to the Middle East are seeing clashes in the streets – and seeking ways to tamp down the uproar among Muslims furious over depictions of the Prophet Mohammed.

Niger: 10 dead, churches destroyed

The deadliest violence has been in Niger, where authorities report 10 people killed. Churches and homes have been destroyed, the government said in a statement.

AFP, the France-based news wire service, said police reported that 173 people have been injured; at least 45 churches have been “set ablaze in the capital (Niamey) alone,” and a “Christian school and orphanage were also set alight.” Numerous sites were pillaged before being burned.

Video from Niamey showed protesters waving Qurans and yelling “God is great” while tearing apart Bibles and throwing them onto the ground.

A bar owned by people from France could also be seen burning.

Three days of mourning began Monday, the government announced.

Pakistan: Photographer shot and wounded

In Karachi, Pakistan, police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters outside the French consulate.

A Pakistani photographer for AFP was shot and wounded, the news agency reported.

At least 200 protesters were involved in the violence, which broke out after Muslim religious parties called on supporters to condemn the cartoon following afternoon prayers, said Ahmed Chinoy, chief of Karachi’s Citizen Police Liaison Committee.

Images from the scene showed police in running street fights with demonstrators.

Those protests came after Pakistan’s parliament unanimously passed a resolution condemning the caricatures printed in Charlie Hebdo.

In Algeria, clashes erupted between demonstrators and police as well.

Protesters clash with police officers in Algiers, Algeria, on January 16.
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Protesters clash with police officers in Algiers, Algeria, on January 16.

And in Jordan, “the Muslim Brotherhood organized a crowd of 2,000 protesters who clashed with police in the capital of Amman as they moved toward the French Embassy,” USA Today reported. “Police used batons to break up the gathering.”

’Leave Gaza, you French, or we will slaughter you’

In Gaza, “Some 200 radical Islamists tried to storm the French cultural centre in Gaza City on Monday, shouting slogans threatening the lives of staff over Charlie Hebdo cartoons,” AFP reported, adding that the protesters chanted “‘Damnation upon France!’ and waved black flags adopted by jihadists.

Palestinian Salafists protest against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in the satirical French weekly magazine "Charlie Hebdo," outside the French Cultural Center in Gaza City, on Monday, January 19.
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Palestinian Salafists protest against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in the satirical French weekly magazine "Charlie Hebdo," outside the French Cultural Center in Gaza City, on Monday, January 19.

“Leave Gaza, you French, or we will slaughter you by cutting your throats,” the protesters chanted, according to AFP.

Palestinian police arrested dozens who tried to break into the French cultural center, the report said.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said activists in Gaza wore uniforms similar to those of ISIS militants. The paper quoted one protester, Abu Abdallah Makdissi, as saying, “Today, we are telling France and world countries that while Islam orders us to respect all religions, it also orders us to punish and kill those who assault and offend Islam’s Prophet Mohammed.”

Largely peaceful protests reported in several nations

There have been large-scale peaceful protests reported in several African nations, including including Mali and Somalia, and parts of the Middle East including Lebanon.

Protesters hold signs which read "I am a Muslim, and I love my prophet," in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday, January 17.
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Protesters hold signs which read "I am a Muslim, and I love my prophet," in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday, January 17.

Thousands from Russia’s North Caucasus gathered in Grozny, Chechnya, for a peaceful event called Love for the Prophet Mohammed, Russia’s state-run TASS news agency said. News reports estimated hundreds of thousands may have taken part.

Flags torched

In Senegal and Mauritania, protesters torched French flags, the French news agency France24 reported.

There were similar scenes in Iran, where protesters burned U.S. and Israeli flags.

CNN’s Sophia Saifi contributed to this report.