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1 killed in Lebanon in anti-U.S. protest; smoke near Tunis embassy

September 14, 2012 |  8:44 am


BEIRUT -- One person was killed in Tripoli and many others injured, including Lebanese security force members, during protests Friday in the northern Lebanon city against a movie insulting the prophet Muhammad, according to the official Lebanese National News Agency.

Security forces clashed with a crowd of angry protesters and opened fire to disperse them, killing one, after the protesters threw stones at the Tripoli Serail, a government building, and attempted to storm it, the news agency reported.

A KFC restaurant in the northern city was set on fire by young protesters. Elsewhere in the city, worshipers gathered after Friday prayers and called for Lebanon to expel its U.S. ambassador. As the unrest continued, the army is deploying troops on city streets.

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The death was the only one reported so far Friday as protests over a trailer of the flim mocking Muhammad uploaded on YouTube erupted from Bangladesh to Sudan, but there were continued reports of new clashes between police and protesters elsewhere.

In Tunisia, black smoke was seen rising around the U.S. Embassy in the capital city of Tunis. Reuters reported at least five protesters had been wounded when police opened fire to stop the assault on the embassy compound.

Protests first broke out Tuesday in Egypt after an online trailer for the movie "Innocence of Muslims" was dubbed into Arabic and aired on a religious channel. The same day, Libyan militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.


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Photo: Lebanese security forces fire shots to disperse men ransacking U.S. fast food chains Hardee's and KFC as they protest the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims" in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday. Credit: Agence France-Presse / Getty Images