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Protesters Attack Three Embassies in Sudan

A Sudanese protester stands on a barricade during a demonstration in Khartoum, September 14, 2012, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
A Sudanese protester stands on a barricade during a demonstration in Khartoum, September 14, 2012, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
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Protesters in Sudan's capital marched on three Western embassies Friday as part of the spreading demonstrations against an anti-Muslim film.

Thousands of protesters stormed the German and British embassies soon after Friday prayers ended in Khartoum's Grand Mosque.  They broke into the German building, where they set fires and raised a black Islamic flag.

Later, many protesters moved to the U.S. embassy, where they clashed with riot police trying to hold them back with batons and tear gas.  Various sources say at least one protester outside the U.S. embassy was killed.

Ismail Kushkush, a reporter for VOA's Sudan Project, says the embassy denied reports that some protesters got into the compound.

"I spoke earlier to the press officer at the U.S. embassy, according to him, the protesters were about 1,000," Kushkush said.  "There may have been a few attempts to try to storm the embassy,but they did not succeed."

Kushkush said protesters blocked a highway next to the embassy with burning tires and rocks, but were dispersing by late Friday afternoon.

The German foreign ministry says all staff members at its embassy are safe and accounted for.

In a televised address Friday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle condemned the film that triggered this week's protests, but said it was not justification to storm embassies.

U.S. officials have also condemned the privately-produced film but say it is no reason for violence.  

The U.S. government cannot do anything to stop distribution of the film, which is protected under U.S. free-speech laws.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

Photo gallery of anti-U.S. protests worldwide

  • An Egyptian protester throws back a tear gas canister towards the riot police during clashes near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, September 14, 2012.
  • Sudanese policemen try to disperse protesters demonstrating outside the German Embassy in Khartoum, September 14, 2012.
  • Sudanese women chant slogans during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan, Sept. 14, 2012.
  • A protester sprays graffiti on a wall during a protest march to the U.S. embassy in Sanaa September 13, 2012.
  • Palestinians burn U.S. and Israeli flags during a protest against a film produced in the U.S. that they said that was insulting to Prophet Muhammad, in Gaza City, September 14, 2012.
  • A boy holds a toy gun during a protest in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh near Sidon, Lebanon, September 14, 2012.
  • Protesters chant slogans during a march to the U.S. Embassy in Doha, September 14, 2012.
  • Shi'ite Muslim supporters of the Imamia Student Organization (ISO) shout anti-American slogans during a protest rally in Islamabad, September 14, 2012.
  • Bangladeshi Muslims shout slogans as they participate in a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sept. 14, 2012.
  • A group of Kenyan muslims burn the U.S. flag following afternoon prayers outside the Sakina Jamia Mosque in the port city of Mombasa, Sept. 14, 2012.

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