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Sudanese demonstrators break into German embassy

Published on Sep 15, 2012 9:51 AM

KHARTOUM (REUTERS) - Sudanese demonstrators broke into the United States (US) and German embassy compounds in Khartoum and raised Islamic flags on Friday in state-backed protests against a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad, witnesses said.

Police armed with tear gas and batons had clashed with protesters for almost an hour but retreated from the front of the embassy after a police car struck a demonstrator and left him on the ground in a pool of blood. A Reuters witness saw another person lying motionless on the ground nearby but it could not be confirmed whether either man was dead.

Sudanese authorities had no immediate comment. Witnesses said guards inside the US embassy, a vast compound comprising several buildings and tiers of fences, fired warning shots after several protesters clambered over the outer security wall and hoisted a black Islamic flag above a balcony.

Earlier in the day police fired tear gas to try to scatter some 5,000 demonstrators who had surrounded the German embassy and nearby British mission. But a Reuters witness said policemen stood by when the crowd forced its way into Germany's mission. Protesters raised an Islamic flag saying in white letters "there is no God but God and Mohammed is his prophet".

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