15 killed in anti-Islam-film protests in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani officials say at least 15 people have been killed and more than 160 wounded in clashes between police and people protesting a film that denigrates Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
Officials at two different hospitals say 12 were killed and 82 wounded Friday in the southern port city of Karachi. Police say three others were killed and 61 wounded in the northwest city of Peshawar. And a hospital official says 25 people were wounded in the capital, Islamabad.
Rioters threw rocks and set fire to buildings in some cities, and police fired tear gas and live ammunition to try to subdue them. Pakistan’s government declared today a holiday so that people could rally against the video.
Thousands of Muslims protested in at least a half-dozen other countries. In Iraq, about 3,000 protesters condemned the film and caricatures of the prophet in a French satirical weekly. Protesters burned Israeli and American flags.
In Sri Lanka, about 2,000 Muslims burned effigies of Obama and American flags after Friday prayers. About 2,000 people marched through the streets of the capital of Bangladesh.