Bangladesh Protests Leave Dozens Injured

Pakistani official offers $100K for filmmaker's murder
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2012 6:00 PM CDT
Bangladesh Protests Leave Dozens Injured
Hundreds of supporters of Pakistani religious group Tehreek-e-Minhaj-ul-Qaran participate in a demonstration, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Islamabad, Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in Bangladesh today as rage over an anti-Islamic film continued to inflame the Muslim world, the Guardian reports. Scores were hurt in the nation's capital, Dhaka, when protesters threw stones and police fired back with teargas and batons. Police also arrested dozens of demonstrators who had taken refuge at a National Press Club nearby. In other Arab-world developments:

  • A Pakistani official offered to personally pay roughly $97,000 for the murder of the Innocence of Muslims filmmaker. He called on al-Qaeda and the Taliban to carry out this "sacred duty."
  • After 20 people died in Pakistani protests yesterday, more than 1,500 took to the streets today in the capital city of Islamabad, including women and children. The crowd was non-violent but protested angrily against the film.
  • The bodies of six militiamen were discovered today in Benghazi, Libya, the Guardian reports. The grim find came the day after crowds seized three Islamist militia bases, including that of Ansar al-Sharia—a group accused of planning the attack that killed US ambassador Chris Stevens.
  • The two most powerful Islamist militias in Libya's eastern city of Derna—considered an Islamist bastion—abandoned their bases and said they were breaking up, residents tell Reuters.
  • Thousands protested today in Kano, Nigeria's biggest city, marching from a mosque to the palace of the city's emir.
(Read more Arab protests stories.)

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