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Protest at US embassy in Sudan over anti-Islam film

The US embassy in Khartoum was not breached during the protests, an official said (© 2009 AFP)

Hundreds of protesters upset over a movie mocking Islam demonstrated outside the American embassy in Sudan on Wednesday, an embassy official said, after attacks on US missions in Libya and Egypt.

“I do believe it was a few hundred,” the official said, asking for anonymity. “Our compound was not breached.”

He said the demonstrators were upset by the same film which prompted a mob attack late Tuesday on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The amateur American-made Internet video film at the centre of the controversy, “Innocence of Muslims”, portrays Muslims as immoral and gratuitously violent.

The film is being promoted by controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones, who has drawn protests in the past.

“It has to do with this film,” the US embassy official said of the protest by a group which called itself “Sudanese Youth”.

He said embassy staff met three of the protesters, who delivered written demands.

“They were asking for an immediate apology, removal of the YouTube video”, and expressed their displeasure at pastor Jones, the official said.

In neighbouring Egypt on Tuesday thousands of demonstrators tore down the Stars and Stripes at the Cairo US embassy and replaced it with a black Islamic flag, similar to one adopted by several militant groups.

In Khartoum, the sprawling US embassy compound is located far from the city centre.

In 2008, an American embassy aid worker, John Granville, 33, and his driver were killed in a drive-by shooting in the Sudanese capital. The attack was claimed by Islamic extremists.

Khartoum is seeking the removal of United States sanctions imposed in 1997 over support for international terrorism, its human rights record and other concerns.

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