Muslims Protest After Killings of Muslims by Predominantly Christian Group

May 11, 2004


On May 11, 2004 posted an Associated Press article that reported, "Thousands of Muslim demonstrators marched and some burned U.S. and Israeli flags Tuesday to protest the killings of hundreds of Muslims by gunmen from a predominantly Christian group last week. Businesses closed and school children hurried home in the heavily Muslim northern city of Kano as thousands of protesters -- some carrying daggers and clubs -- marched from the city's main mosque to protest the attacks on Hausa-speaking Muslims by fighters from the Tarok-speaking tribe in the central Nigerian town of Yelwa. Some demonstrators smashed and burned cars and stores. One badly burned corpse lay on a street after the march passed, but it was unclear how the person died. Muslim leaders in Kano, a hotbed of past violence, linked the Yelwa attacks to the U.S.-led war against terror. 'This violence is a calculated global Western war against Muslims, just like in Afghanistan and Iraq,' Umar Ibrahim Kabo, the most senior Muslim cleric in Kano, told protesters. 'Muslims are in grief.' Kano Governor Ibrahim Shekarau told protesters gathering outside his office that 'killings of Muslims throughout the world ... will only embolden us.' Muslims should be 'ready to lay down our lives,' Shekarau said, while urging protesters not to attack 'innocent people.'"