Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rage over Anti-Islam Video Becomes Deadly in Pakistan Latest Violence Leaves as Many as 19 Dead after Government Sanctions Protests

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rage over Anti-Islam Video Becomes Deadly in Pakistan Latest Violence Leaves as Many as 19 Dead after Government Sanctions Protests

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ISLAMABAD -- Violent crowds furious over an anti-Islamic video made in the United States convulsed Pakistan's largest cities Friday, leaving as many as 19 people dead and more than 160 injured in a day of government-sanctioned protests.

It was the worst single day of deadly violence in one Muslim country over the video, "Innocence of Muslims," since the protests began nearly two weeks ago in Egypt and later spread to two dozen nations. Protesters have ignored the U.S. government's denunciation of the video.

Friday's Pakistan violence began with a television station employee dying from gunshot wounds amid a protest in the northwestern city of Peshawar, then was amplified by armed protests in the southern port city of Karachi that left 12 to 14 dead, Pakistani news media reported. By nightfall Geo, the leading television station, was reporting 19 deaths around Pakistan.

Less-violent protests in other Muslim nations were exacerbated by a French satirical weekly's publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

In Bangladesh, several thousand Islamist activists took to the streets of the capital, Dhaka, waving banners and burning a symbolic coffin for President Barack Obama that was draped with the U.S. flag. "Death to the United States and death to the French," they chanted.

Local TV networks reported that a mob ransacked and burned an Anglican church in Mardan, in northwestern Pakistan. Peshawar's bishop, the Rev. Humphrey Peters, said in a statement that newly installed computers were stolen before the church was set ablaze. There were no reports of killings or injuries to Christians.

In Tunisia, the government invoked emergency powers to outlaw all demonstrations; U.S. diplomatic posts in India, Indonesia and elsewhere closed for the day. France closed embassies and other institutions in 20 countries, while some Muslim leaders in Paris urged their followers to heed a government ban on weekend demonstrations.

In Pakistan, the streets erupted from early morning in Peshawar, where protesters burned two movie theaters. Two people, including TV employee Muhammad Amir, were killed. …

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