US Embassy in Tunisia attacked, gunfire and black smoke from building reported
Protesters stormed the US Embassy in the Tunisian capital Tunis, with plumes of black smoke pouring from near the compound.
Police fired tear gas at the crowds, who smashed windows in the building and torched trees.
Rioters are climbing the walls and the gates of the US Embassy as police gunfire has now been reported.
Thousands of demonstrators massed outside the embassy and several were seen raising a flag on which was written the Muslim profession of faith, an Associated Press reporter on the scene said.
“This morning, four men were arrested in connection with attacks on alcohol vendors in recent days,” Lutfi al-Haydari, a Tunisian interior ministry official, told the Reuters news agency.
“Hundreds of Salafis attacked the security base, pelting it with rocks and petrol bombs before they were dispersed by tear gas. They also set fire to a police station and attacked three shops in the town … they are now in the centre of town and are being dealt with.”
A group of several dozen protesters briefly managed to enter the embassy compound and set fire to cars in an embassy parking lot. They were pushed back outside by police and special forces who continued to arrive on the scene.
Crowds are allegedly angry over an anti-Muslim film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad have assaulted U.S. embassies across the Middle East.