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Nigerian City Quiet Following Deadly Rioting Over Cartoons


The Nigerian city of Maiduguri was quiet Sunday as police and military patrolled the day after 15 people were killed in rioting over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims went on a rampage Saturday, attacking Christians and burning churches and shops owned by Christians before troops and police restored order.

On Sunday the secretary general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Lateef Adegbite appealed to Christians not to retaliate, saying the riot was a misguided adventure by Muslims who acted against the tenets of Islam.

The Maiduguri riot was the latest outbreak of Muslim anger over cartoons originally published in a Danish newspaper last year. Many Muslims believe depiction of the Prophet Muhammad is blasphemous.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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