Protests erupt in 11 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia as anger builds over anti-Muslim film created in the US.
Protesters descend on the US embassy in Tunis
Clashes have erupted in 11 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia as anger over an anti-Muslim film created in the US boils over.
Unrest has spread among Muslims around the world, provoked by the video which depicts the Prophet Mohammed having sex, calling for massacres, and as a homosexual.
US President Barack Obama ordered a review of security procedures at all US diplomatic facilities worldwide after protests targeted American embassies and consulates.
The violence followed Tuesday night’s storming of the US Consulate and a safe house in Benghazi, Libya, in which the US ambassador to the country, Chris Stevens, and three other American officials were killed.
The obscure film, called Innocence Of Muslims, created in California and promoted on YouTube, was heavily criticised by US authorities.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called it “disgusting and reprehensible” and said it was a cynical attempt to offend people for their religious beliefs.
But widespread anger has seen violent scenes in the following countries:
Protesters stormed the US Embassy in the Tunisian capital Tunis, with plumes of black smoke pouring from near the compound.
Police fired tear gas at the crowds, who smashed windows in the building and torched trees.
At least two people were killed and 28 wounded during the clashes, according to Tunisian state TV.
Some 5,000 protesters attacked the British, German and US embassies in the Sudanese captial Khartoum.
Crowds broke into the German compound, tearing down the German sign and flags and flying a black Islamic flag above the building. They also smashed windows and started a fire in front of the main gate.
A separate protest group targeted the heavily fortified US Embassy on the outskirts of the city, climbing walls before they were expelled from the compound.
At least two people were reported to have been killed during the protest outside the US facility.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said protesters caused minor damage to the British Embassy in Khartoum and that no workers were hurt during the incident.
Police guarding the US Embassy in Cairo clashed with groups of protesters near Tahrir Square.
TV pictures showed demonstrators throwing rocks and attacking a 15ft-high concrete wall built by police across the road to the US compound.
There were further clashes near the US Embassy in Sana’a, a day after demonstrators stormed the compound.
Reports said US Marines had been flown into Sanaa’s international airport on Thursday to bolster security around the facility.
At least one person died and 15 were injured during the demonstration on Thursday. Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi condemned the attack.
India and Bangladesh
Some 10,000 protesters burned US and Israeli flags as they attempted to march on the US Embassy in the capital Dhaka.
They were stopped by hundreds of armed police using armoured personnel carriers.
Eighty six people have also been arrested as Muslim protesters attacked the US consulate in Chennai.
Indonesia and Lebanon
In the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, 250 riot police guarded the US Embassy in Jakarta as nearly 500 people staged a protest outside.
A KFC restaurant in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli was set on fire by a crowd of protesters and one person was killed in violent clashes ahead of a three-day visit to the country by Pope Benedict.
Protesters set fire to an effigy of US President Barack Obama and demanded the death of the filmmaker they say insulted the Prophet Mohammed during clashes in Afghanistan.
Clerics in the Shinwari tribe called for a $100,000 bounty on the head of the producer of the film during protests in Nangarhar province.
Nigerian troops opened fire with live rounds in the city of Jos as they attempted to disperse crowds of Muslim protesters.
Libya closed the air space above Benghazi – the scene of the fatal attack on the US consulate on Tuesday – after Islamists launched heavy anti-aircraft fire at US reconnaissance drones flying above the city.
US authorities also denied claims they had advance warning of the attack on the consulate.