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Benghazi Anti-Militia Protest: Libyan Demonstrators Sweep Islamist Ansar al-Sharia Out Of City (PICTURES)

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The militia responsible for the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi on 11 September has been driven out of the city by a popular protest.

Ansar al-Sharia, the hard-line Islamist group responsible for the killing of four US diplomats, including the ambassador, Chris Stevens, were swept of their base in the eastern city on Friday evening.

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Libyan civilians celebrate the raiding of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades compound

The storming of the base left at least 10 dead, according to Reuters.

The violence started when a large crowd gathered outside Ansar al-Sharia's base, shouting "no to militias". Supporters of the militia fired warning shots at the crowd, but fled with their weapons when the protesters failed to disperse.

Parts of the base and vehicles were set on fire. A weapons depot was looted, according to the AFP news agency.

Earlier, more than 30,000 protesters marched through the city demanding an end to the rule of armed gangs. Since the killing of the ambassador two weeks ago, part of the protests over the anti-Islam film that have spread throughout the Muslim world, residents of Benghazi have protested against the militias, and demanded a return to the rule of law.

Nineteen people died and at least 195 were injured in clashes in Pakistan, according to officials, as anger over an American made film continued.

The Pakistani government had called for a "special day of love" for Muhammad ahead of Friday prayers but demonstrations in Karachi, Peshawar turned violent, following similar unrest in the capital Islamabad on Thursday.

Protesters set cinemas ablaze in Peshawar where five people died, some when police fired at the crowds to disperse them. Ten deaths were reported in Karachi.

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The protests have entered their second week

Friday was the bloodiest day of the protests so far.

In Bangladesh, 10,000 protesters took to the streets of Dhaka to burn French and American flags as well as a mock-up of Barack Obama's coffin.

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Protests in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Further demonstrations were reported in Rawalpindi and Lahore after religious organisations called for continued protests over the 'Innocence of Muhammad' film.

On Thursday evening, Pakistani TV ran adverts featuring Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton condemning the film in an effort to distance the US from the amateur production.

The adverts were broadcast in English with Urdu subtitles.

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Protestors set fire to a police vehicle

The US has warned its citizens to avoid all but essential travel to Pakistan, while Richard Hoagland, the US charge d'affaires, has reportedly received an official complaint from the Pakistani government.

Cartoons of Muhammad printed in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and reprinted by several news organisations in Europe, have exacerbated ill feeling towards the west. The French government has closed 20 embassies last Friday following publication of the caricatures.

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Pakistani police officers beat a protestor during clashes that erupted as protestors tried to approach the U.S. embassy

On Thursday, violence erupted in the capital Islamabad where two cinemas were attacked leading security forces have seal off areas of the city.

Militants in the Libyan town of Benghazi, where four US diplomats, including the ambassador were killed on 11 September, have called for further unrest "in defence of Muhammad" on Friday, however residents plan to hold a counter protest against violence at the same time.

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Protestors are angry at Barack Obama despite attempts by the White House to distance themselves from the film

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