15 Killed, Dozens Injured in Pakistan ‘Innocence’ Riots


At least fifteen people were killed and dozens injured on Friday in clashes between Pakistani police and protesters over a film that has sparked riots across the Islamic world.

Angry demonstrators set fire to two cinemas in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Dawn News reported.

Western diplomatic missions throughout the Muslim world have stepped up security arrangements, some closing down in anticipation of massive protests after Friday prayers.

The Innocence of Muslims, an amateurish U.S.-produced video that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad, has sparked widespread protests across the Middle East and North Africa, some of which have turned violent. U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stephens and three embassy staff were killed during an attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi earlier this month.

“An attack upon the Holy Prophet is an attack on the whole 1.5 billion Muslims. Therefore, this is something unacceptable,” Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said.

Pakistan has declared Friday a “Day of Love for the Prophet Mohammad.”

Meanwhile, a U.S. actress who appeared in the film has sued its producer for fraud and slander, claiming the script she was given made no mention of the Prophet Muhammad.

Filing her lawsuit in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Cindy Lee Garcia said she was duped into acting in the “vile and reprehensible” film, which she had been told was a “historical Arabian Desert adventure film.”

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