AFRICA/NIGERIA - Eight people die during an assault in the home of a man who had saved a student accused of blasphemy

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 blasphemy  

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - A mob has killed eight people by burning down the house of a Muslim man who intervened in the attempted lynching of a Christian student accused of blasphemy in the city of Zamfara, in northern Nigeria.
The student, a Muslim who converted to Christianity, is accused of insulting the Islamic religion, and was severely beaten by some of his classmates, who believed him dead.
A passerby, stepped in and drove the victim to hospital. When his attackers found out that he had been taken to hospital they tried to attack him again. Another person, however, had brought the student to a safe place.
The mob then turned on the Muslim passerby, setting fire to his house which had eight people in it at the time. According to the police the man who rescued the student and his wife were not among the dead. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 24/08/2016)