KABUL, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- At least 40 policemen were injured Monday morning when a protest against anti-Islam movie, made in the U.S., turned into violent clashes between police and protestors on Pul-i-Charkhi road in eastern part of the Afghan capital Kabul, police said.
"Up to 40 policemen were injured in protests against anti-Islam movie which were held on Pul-i-Charkhi road Monday morning," police chief of Kabul, Mohammad Ayub Salangi, told reporters after the protests ended in different parts of Pul-i-Charkhri or Jalalabad road.
Salangi said more than 2,000 people came to the streets to register their protest starting from around 7:30 a.m.. He did not say whether any protestors were wounded in the demonstration.
Earlier, a police official told Xinhua that the demonstration was peaceful at the beginning, but protestors set on fire a police vehicle and damaged several shops besides attacking police with stones.
The angry protestors also attacked the Camp Phoenix, a NATO military installation in the area and pelted stones on guard towers.
Additional police force were deployed to stop the demonstrators from trying to break through the police barricades on the road leading to U.S. embassy and several Afghan ministries.
A thick black smoke could be seen rising in the area for hours.
Similar demonstration broke out in several Afghan cities on Friday to condemn the film and urged the Afghan government to sever ties with the U.S..