We are told that Islam is a peaceful and tolerant religion, but with stories like this it is hard to believe.
A woman local reports have identified only as Bridget was beheaded by an angry Muslim mob in a busy market in Nigeria’s Kano state Thursday after she allegedly blasphemed against Muhammad during a dispute with a customer.
Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper, one of the nation’s largest, provides few details on the incident, little more than the fact that it occurred. The report identifies the location of the incident as the Kofar Wambai market in northern Kano state, “when the activities at the textile hits it’s [sic] peak.” It does not state what the woman said to incur the wrath of the mob, other than the fact that it is believed she committed “blasphemy.”
Nigeria Today identifies the woman as “Bridget,” a plastic seller in the market, while not describing the mode of her murder outside of having her throat slit in front of her husband. This report also accuses her of “blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed” in the context of a dispute with someone else in the market. The attackers, the report notes, were “some youths armed with dangerous weapons.”
Nigeria Today reports that the head of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the incident and how to prevent similar attacks, though the report does not confirm whether Bridget herself was Christian or merely referred to Muhammad incorrectly in the heat of the moment.