Embassy Attacks

Pakistani Army Called in to Protect Foreign Embassies

Angry protests continue

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The Pakistani army was drafted in to protect foreign embassies on Thursday after thousands of violent protesters clashed with police on the eve of an expected day of anti-western fury across the Islamic world.

Dozens of people were wounded during vicious street fighting after masses of students, many carrying banners of hardline religious parties, attempted to converge on the diplomatic quarter in the heart of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

The outbreak of serious violence for the first time in the capital comes amid escalating tension, with protests held on consecutive days all around the country.