US embassy in India shuts due to risk of protests
NEW DELHI (AFP) - The United States (US) embassy in New Delhi was shut on Friday and employees were asked to stay on the compound due to the risk of protests over an anti-Islam film, embassy sources said.
The decision to close the embassy was taken by authorities to prevent any "untoward incident" near the highly guarded premises in the diplomatic quarter of the capital, an official told AFP, requesting anonymity.
The embassy school has also closed for the day and US citizens travelling in India, home to the world's third-biggest Muslim population, have been urged to exercise caution and monitor the local media for security updates.
Police in Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir fired tear gas at protesters on Friday who defied an unofficial curfew in the main city of Srinagar, where angry demonstrations are common after Friday prayers.