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Protests against anti-Islam film escalate

  • Protests against an anti-Islam film escalated on Monday as demonstrators set fire to buildings in Pakistan, rallied outside a U.S. military base in Afghanistan and attempting to storm the American Embassy in Indonesia.

    The protests are the latest in a weeklong wave of violence triggered by a low-budget film, which portrays the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer and child molester.

    Protesters have targeted U.S. missions across the Muslim world even though the film was privately produced and American officials have condemned it.

    At least one protester was killed and a dozen others injured in Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after demonstrators set fire to a press club and a government building, a day after protesters clashed with police during an attempt to storm the U.S. Consulate in southern Karachi city.

    In neighboring Afghanistan, around 800 protestors burned cars and hurled stones at an American military base in the capital, Kabul.

    Meanwhile in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, hundreds clashed with police outside the U.S. mission as they threw rocks and firebombs and set tyres on fire. The incident is the first to take place in the world's most populous Muslim country since international outrage over the film erupted last week.

    Demonstrations were also held in the Indonesian cities of Medan and Bandung.

    The exact origins of the film are still unknown although a man named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a convicted fraudster living in California, has been investigated over his involvement.

    The U.S. ambassador to Libya was among four Americans killed last Tuesday when protests first broke out.