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Thousands storm German, British embassies in Sudanese capital

English.news.cn   2012-09-14 20:54:50            

KHARTOUM, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Sudanese protesters stormed the embassies of Germany and Britain in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Friday, in protest against an anti-Islam film.

Parts of the German embassy complex were torched and badly damaged, Xinhua correspondent said, adding that the Germany flag was lowered and replaced with a black Islamist one.

A huge gray cloud of smoke could be seen surrounding the complex, the source added.

According to local media, the police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, some of them scaling the roof of the German embassy and others attacking its facade.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was quoted as saying diplomatic staff at the country's embassy in Sudan were safe.

Violent protest also spread to the British embassy nearby, and thousands are heading now to southern Khartoum where the U.S. embassy situates, sources said.

The controversial film, "Innocence of Muslims," has on Tuesday triggered an attack on a group of U.S. diplomats in eastern Libya, killing U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three embassy staffers.

Protests also hit a number of Muslim countries in the region including Egypt, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar.

Editor: znz
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