Four people were killed and dozens injured when protests against French magazine Charlie Hebdo turned violent in Niger’s second largest city Zinder, officials say.
The Niger government said four were killed as police clashed with a crowd of protesters that attacked a French cultural center and set churches ablaze.
Protesters burned French flags and raided Christian shops with clubs, bows and arrows and Molotov cocktails, while police responded with tear gas.
Three civilians died, including two who were shot by police during an attack on their station, interior minister Hassoumi Massaoudou said on state television.
A police officer was run over and killed, while at least 45 people were injured.
The director of the cultural center, Kaoumi Bawa, said an angry crowd of around 50 people had broke down the building’s door and set the cafeteria, library and offices on fire.
Protests also took place in Pakistan and Algeria that resulted in several people injured.