September 21, 2012

Protests by tens of thousands of Pakistanis infuriated by an anti-Islam film descended into deadly violence on Friday, with police firing tear gas and live ammunition in an attempt to subdue rioters who hurled rocks and set fire to buildings in some cities.

Reuters reported six people, including three police officers, were killed, but Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper said the death toll was at least 13 while Geo, the country’s leading television station, reported 19 deaths.

Friday had been declared a national holiday by Pakistan’s government so people could rally against the video.

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