Mohammed film protests continue

Scores of people have been injured in a clash in Bangladesh's capital between police and hundreds of demonstrators, as protests continued in the Muslim world against a film produced in the US that denigrates Islam's Prophet Mohammed.

In Pakistan, where more than 20 people died yesterday in clashes with police in cities throughout the country, a Cabinet minister offered a 100,000 US dollar (£61,600) reward for the death of the filmmaker.

Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Balor said he would pay the reward out of his own pocket. He urged the Taliban and al Qaida to perform the "sacred duty" of helping locate and kill the filmmaker.

The film has sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world that resulted in the deaths of dozens, including the US ambassador to Libya.

In Bangladesh, police fired tear gas and used batons today to disperse the stone-throwing protesters, who were from about a dozen Islamic groups.

The protesters burned several vehicles in Dhaka, including a police van, witnesses said.

Dozens of protesters were arrested at the demonstration and inside the nearby National Press Club, where participants took refuge, a Dhaka Metropolitan Police official said.

Police and witnesses said scores of people were injured.

The clash erupted when authorities attempted to halt the demonstration, police said.

Authorities have banned all protests near the city's main Baitul Mokarram mosque since Friday, when more than 2,000 people marched and burned an effigy of President Barack Obama.