Anti-Islam film protests spread

Violent protests are spreading across parts of Africa, as angry crowds protest against a film which mocks Islam.

The film was produced in the United States of America, and protestors have now attacked Western embassies in Tunisia and Sudan in escalating violence over what they consider to be insults aimed at the Prophet Muhammad.

The protests were sparked in Egypt on Tuesday, when protestors attacked the American embassy in Cairo, replacing the US flag with a black Islamist banner. The situation then escalated dramatically later that night in Libya, when armed men entered the US consulate in Benghazi and killed the US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, along with three other Americans.

In Khartoum, the US, UK and German embassies have all been attacked, whilst the US compound in Tunis has also been breached. There has also been violence in Yemen and Egypt. In total, seven people died during the protests on Friday. Three people were killed in the attack on the US embassy in Khartoum, whilst two people died in Tunis. There have also been deaths in Egypt and Lebanon. All of the dead are believed to be protestors. Meanwhile, in Nigeria, police are reported to have fired shots at a protest outside a mosque in the northern city of Jos.

Police have fired tear gas at protestors outside the US embassy in Cairo, where Mohammed Mursi has said that the ruling Muslim Brotherhood will organise marches and sit-ins in front of mosques. Mr Mursi has condemned the film, but pledged to protect the safety of foreign diplomats in Egypt.

The protests began after clips of the film were made available online. Its exact origin, and the identities of those behind its production, remain unknown.