Nigerian prison set on fire after shooting of protesters Oct 23, 2020 0 390 12345 AFPLagosShots rang out and a prison was set ablaze as fresh unrest rocked Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos on Thursday after the shooting of protesters that drew international outrage. Gunfire was heard and smoke could be seen billowing from the detention facility in the upscale Ikoyi neighbourhood in central Lagos, an AFP journalist said.Police said assailants had attacked the site on the second day of violence in the city of 20 million people after a brutal crackdown by security forces on demonstrations.Amnesty International said Nigerian soldiers and police gunned down 12 peaceful protesters on Tuesday, while 56 have died overall across the country since demonstrations against police abuse and bad governance began on October 8.The United States on Thursday condemned what it called excessive use of force by the Nigerian military. “We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law,” he added.President Muhammadu Buhari, who has not yet commented on the shooting, was holding a national security council meeting on Thursday with his defence minister and chief of police, according to a statement.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said his “heart goes out” to the victims of the shooting as well as policemen and others who have lost their lives in several days of turmoil in Africa’s most populous country. “The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them,” a statement said.Nigeria’s army has dismissed as “fake news” reports that soldiers opened fire on demonstrators.Police Minister Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi told the BBC that troops were not ordered to open fire on protesters. “I cannot say who is involved in the shooting... definitely not the police. Soldiers have already spoken about this, they are denying their involvement,” he said. Pictures and videos from the attack were widely shared on social media, unleashing a wave of anger at the authorities.The governor of Lagos announced a round-the-clock curfew and a pause on state activities until Friday.Soldiers patrolled the largely deserted streets of the city on Thursday a day after buildings including police stations, a TV channel and the port were torched. An AFP journalist saw the wreckage of a dozen cars still smouldering in a middle-class neighbourhood and two official buildings had been burnt down. Demonstrations erupted two weeks ago in Nigeria over brutality by the police’s loathed Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The unit was disbanded but protests quickly spiralled into broader demands for change as promises of reform failed to stem the anger and violence flared. The African Union on Thursday strongly condemned the violence and called on all parties to “privilege dialogue”.The United Nations, European Union and Britain have all called for those responsible for the killings to be held responsible. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Hariri named new Lebanon PM, promises reform cabinet Oct 23, 2020 0 1843 Red Cross Karabakh head urges rivals to spare civilians Oct 23, 2020 0 392 Sudan protester killed as police clear streets, say medics Oct 23, 2020 0 53 Egypt kills 49 in ‘outrageous’ mass executions: HRW Egypt executed 49 prisoners in just 10 days in October, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, calling for authorities to “immediately halt” carrying out death sentences. “Egypt’s mass executions of scores of people in a .. 11 children killed in Afghan air strike that hit mosque AFP Kunduz, Afghanistan An air strike by the Afghan military killed 11 children and a prayer leader at a mosque, local authorities said on Thursday, in an account disputed by the national government. The strike on a .. Landslide kills 11 miners in Indonesia A landslide sparked by heavy rains has killed 11 miners in Indonesia, authorities said on Thursday, marking the latest in a string of deadly mining accidents across the Southeast Asian archipelago.The victims were .. Thailand lifts state of emergency in protest-hit capital Thailand’s government lifted a state of emergency in Bangkok that failed to halt an ongoing pro-democracy movement that has seen daily protests in the capital. A Thursday announcement published in the Royal Gazette ..