At least two people have been killed in violent demonstrations against controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Pakistan. The protestors were reportedly shot dead by police sent in to quell the unrest in the north-eastern city of Lahore, where several Western outlets were ransacked including a McDonald’s restaurant.
There were also riots in the capital Islamabad, where a crowd stormed the heavily guarded diplomatic enclave. Most of the protestors were students. They were driven back after they reached the Indian High Commission, which lies next to the British one, where they smashed cars and attacked a British bank according to eye-witnesses. Dozens of people were arrested.
There have been almost daily protests in Pakistan since European newspapers started reprinting the caricatures early this year. Islamists have called for a nationwide strike on March 3.