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US slams Pakistani minister's film-maker bounty

Published on Sep 24, 2012 7:38 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) on Sunday denounced a US$100,000 (S$122,449) bounty offered by a Pakistani cabinet minister for killing the maker of an anti-Islam film that has triggered a wave of deadly, violent protests.

Pakistan's Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour on Saturday offered the "prize" for killing the film-maker of Innocence Of Muslims and invited the Taleban and Al-Qaeda to take part in the "noble deed." But the bounty offered was slammed by the State Department.

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "have both said the video at the core of this is offensive, disgusting, and reprehensible," a State Department official said.

"But that is no justification for violence and it is important for responsible leaders to stand up and speak out against violence," the official added in a statement.

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