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11 Killed During Libyan Cartoon Protests


At least 11 people have been killed in Benghazi, Libya, during a protest against the cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad.

Officials said protesters set fire to the Italian consulate in Benghazi Friday, and police fired weapons during a clash with the demonstrators, leaving behind the dead and an unknown number of injured.

The violence in Libya is a continuation of recent unrest caused by the cartoons, which were first published by a Danish newspaper in September.

Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities detained the founder, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, of a militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, to prevent him from inciting protesters. And Pakistan called back its ambassador to Denmark after Denmark temporarily closed its embassy in Islamabad.

Local Islamic clerics in the northwestern city of Peshwar, Pakistan, offered rewards amounting to more than $1 million to anyone who killed a cartoonist.

Peaceful protests over the cartoons were also held in the Indian cities of Hyderabad and Bangladore, in the Bangladesh city of Dhaka and in Hong Kong.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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