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AFP photographer shot at in front of French consulate in Karachi

world Updated: Jan 17, 2015 15:00 IST
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Pakistan protests

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French news agency AFP says one of its photographers was shot in front of the French consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, during a demonstration against Charlie Hebdo.

Pakistani students clashed with police Friday afternoon during protests against the French satirical magazine that was attacked by gunmen last week for publishing images of the Prophet Muhammad.

The clashes broke out when the protesters started heading toward the consulate. They began throwing stones at the police, who tried to push them back with water cannons and tear gas.

AFP news director Michele Leridon said that Asif Hassan underwent surgery and that "his life does not seem in danger." AFP is now trying to find out whether Hassan was targeted or accidentally shot.

The protesters were mostly students affiliated with the Jamaat-e-Islami political party.

Earlier, Pakistani students clashed with police during protests against the French satirical magazine that was attacked last week for publishing images of the Prophet Muhammad.

The clashes broke out Friday afternoon when the protesters started heading toward the French consulate in the southern port city of Karachi. The protesters began throwing stones at the police, who tried to push them back with water cannons and tear gas.

The protesters were mostly students affiliated with the Jamaat-e-Islami political party.

Gunmen attacked the magazine, Charlie Hebdo, last week in an attack that left 12 people dead.

Pakistan has condemned the violence in France, but many people in this overwhelmingly Muslim country view the magazine's caricatures of Muhammed as a profound insult to Islam.