The Straits Times
Published on Sep 24, 2012

Lebanon judge charges 45 people over KFC attack


BEIRUT (AFP) - A Lebanese judge on Monday charged 45 people over an attack against a KFC fast-food restaurant in the northern city of Tripoli, a judicial source told AFP.

The attack was carried out during a protest staged by Islamists in the port city on Sept 14, during which some 300 demonstrators rallied to denounce a United States-made film that mocks Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

During the protest, a KFC restaurant was set on fire, and protesters clashed with security forces. One protester was killed and some 25 injured.

In charge of state security cases, Judge Sakr Sakr charged 45 people over the attack, although only 15 of them are currently in detention.