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US embassy in Indonesia attacked

The embassy called attacks deplorable, describing them as acts of "thuggery."

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 22:47 IST
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Hundreds of Muslim protesters attacked the US embassy in Indonesia with rocks and sticks on Sunday. Several people were injured.

Meanwhile, security forces in Pakistan sealed off Islamabad and used tear gas and gunfire to quash a banned protest.

About 400 people arrived at the heavily fortified US mission in Jakarta, marching behind a banner that read "we are ready to attack the enemies of the Prophet."

They tried to storm the gates, brandishing wooden staves and lobbing stones. They also set fire to the US national flag and a poster of President George W Bush.

The embassy called the attacks deplorable, describing them as acts of "thuggery."

In Pakistan, where protests last week left five persons dead, police detained several lawmakers and Islamist leaders during raids in three cities as they tried to prevent a planned rally by the six-party hardline Islamic coalition, Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, or the MMA.

First Published: Feb 19, 2006 19:18 IST

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