Imams of Khartoum mosques on Friday called to protest against the U.S. and criticised the American authorities for allowing the production of a film denigrating the prophet of Islam. Some went to say the West bans anything related to the Holocaust and turn blind eyes to defamation of Islam.
After Friday prayer the protesters moved first to the German Embassy in Khartoum where they quickly stormed the building and raised a black flag, used by radical groups with the Muslim profession of faith, “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God”.
On the other hand over 5000 protesters moved to the well protected U.S. embassy in the suburb of Suba at 20 kilometers south east of Khartoum. The 250 police officers posted there were able to contain the protesters at a security perimeter, 150 meters from the main gate of the embassy for some time.
Meanwhile a police vehicle struck a protester when the crowed broke the security cordon and moved towards the embassy. The demonstrator turned their chants against the regime when the death spread among the presence.
Eyewitnesses said three people were killed, also the official Radio Omdurman gave the same figure when it spoke about the death toll of the clashes outsides the US embassy but the Sudanese police in a statement released late during the evening said only two were killed.
The police also said the protesters wounded 50 policemen and torched a vehicle. The official communiqué was keen to underscore the policemen did not use any firearm.
A U.S. embassy spokesperson told Reuters that all the staff are safe and no one was harmed.
After the death of people, the angry protesters took advantage of the situation and jumped the outside wall of the embassy. Some of them hoisted a black Islamic flag on a balcony inside the new building.
The few Marines insides the embassy were on roofs and fired warning shots to dissuade the protesters from moving deep inside the compound.
The protests against the U.S. embassy in Khartoum is part of a series of protests against US diplomatic missions in Islamic world.
In Libya, radical groups killed the Ambassador John Christopher Stevens and three members of his staff. The incident triggered the deployment of further troops at the American mission in Tripoli.
Reuters quoted anonymous source saying a platoon of Marines will be deployed in US embassy in Khartoum
An ABC News journalist covering the State Department and foreign affairs wrote on Twitter that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Sudan’s Frist Vice President Ali Osman Taha asking the permission to deploy more Marines in Khartoum.
“The highest priority of the United States is the safety of the U.S. diplomatic presence abroad,” Biden told Taha according to Dana Hughes.