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Four dead in Hebdo protest in Niger

At least four people have died and dozens have been wounded in violent protests in Niger against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo's publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

Interior Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou said demonstrators in the town of Zinder in southern Niger set a French cultural centre ablaze along with two churches in the area.

One security officer was killed in the melee along with three demonstrators. Another 20 security officers and 23 civilians were wounded.

Niger's government has banned the sale of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in the predominantly Muslim country - a former French colony in West Africa.

Other demonstrations against Charlie Hebdo took place in Mali and Senegal.

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