Pakistan protesters march on U.S. Consulate, 1 dead

Pakistan protesters march on U.S. Consulate, 1 dead

Karāchi : Pakistan | Sep 21, 2012 at 2:35 AM PDT
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KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- Hundreds of Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam video broke through a barricade near the U.S. Consulate in the southern city of Karachi on Sunday, sparking clashes with police in which one demonstrator was killed and more than a dozen injured.

The film, which denigrates Islam's Prophet Muhammad, has sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world in recent days, including one in Libya in which the U.S. ambassador to the country was killed.

Police fired tear gas and water cannons at the protesters after they broke through the barricade and reached the outer wall of the U.S. Consulate. Police and private security guards outside the consulate also fired shots in the air to disperse the crowd.

An official with the main ambulance service in the city, Khurram Ahmad, confirmed they carried away one dead protester and 18 others who were injured.

All Americans who work at the consulate, which is located in the heart of Karachi, were safe, Rian Harris, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, said.

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