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Protesters attack US consulate in Libya, 1 killed

2012-09-11 23:50:18 GMT2012-09-12 07:50:18(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Islamists hold weapons as heavily armed Libyans demonstrate in June 2012 in Benghazi (Photo/AFP)

TRIPOLI, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- One American diplomatic personnel was killed on Tuesday night after hundreds of protesters, angered by an alleged U.S.-made movie that insults the Prophet Mohammed, broke into the U.S. consulate in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, an interior ministry official said.

Wanis Sharef, an assistant to Libya's interior minister, told Xinhua that the diplomats of the U.S. mission have been evacuated to avoid clashes with the protesters. He also confirmed that one diplomatic personnel was killed.

Meanwhile, local media said that another U.S. official was injured.

Some armed men fired into the air before storming into the consulate and set it on fire, which destroyed part of the building, according to witnesses. Some even resorted to RPGs (rocket- propelled grenades) in the attack, they said.

The attack is reportedly a move against a movie which insults the Prophet Mohammed.

A similar incident occurred in Egypt earlier on Tuesday as several thousands of Egyptians protested in front of the U.S. embassy in the capital Cairo, expressing anger over a movie produced by some Coptic migrants in the United States which insulted the Prophet Mohammed.

The U.S. embassy in Cairo condemned in a statement bids by some individuals to hurt the feeling of Muslims, saying that " respecting religious beliefs is the corner stone of the American democracy."

"We reject acts by those misusing the freedom of expression in offending other religions," the statement added.

Gunmen storm Libya's US consulate--(From BBC)

Militiamen in Libya have stormed the US consulate in Benghazi, the country's second largest city.

An American staff member of the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi has died following fierce clashes at the compound, Libyan security sources said on Wednesday.

Reports say they were protesting against a US-made film that is allegedly insulting to the Prophet Muhammad, and set fire to the building.

The building is said to have burnt down. It is thought nobody was in the consulate at the time.

Earlier, protesters in Egypt breached the wall at the US embassy in Cairo and tore down a flag over the film.

The film that sparked the protest is said to have been produced by US pastor Terry Jones and co-produced by some Egyptian Copt expatriates.

Egyptian protesters condemned what they said was the humiliation of the Prophet of Islam under the pretext of freedom of speech.

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