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Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Pakistan Government Minister, Offers $100,000 For Murder Of Maker Of Anti-Islam Film (PICTURES)

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A government minister in Pakistan has offered $100,000 bounty for the death of the maker of the 'Innocence of Muhammad' film, which has sparked riots and violence across the Muslim world.

According to the Associated Press, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, the Minister for Railways, said he would pay the reward to any Muslim that carried out the murder, calling it a "sacred duty".

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Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has offered money for the murder of the film-maker

The film's producer, alleged to be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, has been in hiding since the unrest began.

The move comes after several days of unrest in Pakistan in which 20 people died and at least 195 were injured.

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

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Protestors set fire to a police vehicle in Peshawar on Friday

Produced in the US, the anti-Islam film, whose origins remains unclear, was posted onto YouTube two weeks ago, causing attacks on US embassies in Egypt and Libya. The riots quickly spread to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, however, Friday's unrest in Pakistan was by far the bloodiest day of the riots 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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Violence erupts in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Further demonstrations were reported in Rawalpindi and Lahore after religious organisations called for continued protests over the 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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Protests over the anti-Islam film have entered their second week

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 closed 20 embassies last Friday following publication of the caricatures.

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Pakistani police officers beat a protester during clashes close to the US embassy

On Friday, the militia responsible for the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi on 11 September were driven out of the Libyan 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 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.

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Demonstrations continue despite Washington's condemnation of the film

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.

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