Khartoum:  Anti-US protests by crowds whipped into fury by a film deemed offensive to Islam erupted across the Muslim world, as violence exploded in Sudan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Yemen leaving five dead and dozens injured.

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The protests broke out when Muslims emerged from mosques following the main weekly prayers to voice their anger at the film made in the United States.

In Khartoum, guards on the roof of the US embassy fired warning shots as a security perimetre was breached by dozens of Islamic flag-waving protesters, part of a crowd of thousands who had earlier stormed the British embassy and set fire to the German mission, a reporter said.

A police vehicle near the embassy was also torched as hundreds of demonstrators broke through an outer security cordon after one protester was hit by a police vehicle and killed, a medic and the reporter said.

The body of another protester was later found outside the US embassy compound, his clothing soaked in blood, but the circumstances of his death were not immediately clear.

Police had earlier fired volleys of tear gas in a bid to prevent the 10,000-strong crowd marching on the US embassy after they had swarmed over the German mission, attacking its facade and tearing down the flag to replace it with a black Islamist one before torching the building.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso condemned the attacks on the embassies as unacceptable and against "the rules of the civilised world."

"Nothing justifies these kinds of attacks," he said.

Violence also erupted in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, where a crowd of 300 Islamists attacked and set fire to a KFC restaurant, sparking clashes with police in which one person died and 25 were injured, security sources said.

The attack on the US fast-food chain's outlet came as Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon for a three-day visit, calling for Christian-Muslim coexistence and attacking religious extremism.

In Tunis, police firing live rounds and tear gas drove angry protesters from the US embassy, some of whom had stormed the compound, with clashes there killing at least two people.


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