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Anti-Islam film protests erupt in Afghanistan

  • Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Afghan capital on Monday, setting fire to cars and chanting "death to America" in the latest demonstrations against an American-produced film that mocks the Prophet Mohammad.

    "There were between 3,000 and 4,000 demonstrators. They burned some police cars, but we could split them up and prevent the insecurity widening," said Lieutenant-General Fahem Qayem.

    Embassies in Kabul's heavily secure central zone have been placed on lockdown, including the U.S. and British missions.

    The protests in Kabul are the latest in a week of violent demonstrations triggered by a film, titled Innocence of Muslims.

    The film portrays the Prophet Mohammad as a womanizer and leader of a bloodthirsty gang of men. Clips were made available online earlier this year with an Arabic voice-over.

    Protests against the film began on Tuesday in Cairo and spread to the Libyan city of Benghazi, where demonstrators stormed the U.S. consulate, killing the ambassador and three other Americans.

    The head of Libya's national assembly said the attack in Benghazi appeared to be planned by a "group with an agenda" rather than a spontaneous reaction to the film.