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Pakistan Protests Over Islam Film Target U.S. Missions

Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. poured onto the streets yesterday in major cities, battling police in attempts to reach American diplomatic missions and ignoring appeals for calm from the prime minister.

Fifteen people were killed in Karachi, Saleem Khan, the spokesman for the health minister of Pakistan’s Sindh province, said in a text message sent via mobile phone. Mobs set fire to five movie theaters, banks and fast-food outlets and more than 100 were injured. Protesters ransacked the chamber of commerce, shops and cinema houses in Peshawar, where six people were killed and 40 wounded. Police kept thousands of protesters away from U.S. missions in clashes that started after Friday prayers.