A church in Niger was set on fire by Muslims protesting the arrest of a local imam who was critical of proposed legislation to regulate religion.
The Assembly of God church in the Zaria district of Maradi, the West African country’s third largest city, was torched by protesters on the night of June 15 and continued through the next day.
In addition to the church, the pastor’s car was also torched.
The incident occurred after the arrest of Sheikh Rayadoune, an imam at the Zaria mosque.
Rayadoune’s arrest happened on June 15, 2019 after he criticized a proposed measure that he believed would impose regulations on worship during his Friday prayer services.
Christian church set on fire by Muslim rioters in Niger after imam’s arrest: