Pakistani Students Clash With Police During Charlie Hebdo Protests

Clashes break out near French Consulate in Karachi; AFP photographer wounded on the scene.

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Protesters against Charlie Hebdo in Karachi, Pakistan, January 15, 2015.
Protesters against Charlie Hebdo in Karachi, Pakistan, January 15, 2015.Credit: AP

Pakistani students are clashing with police during protests against the French satirical magazine that was attacked last week for publishing images of the Prophet Mohammed.

The clashes broke out Friday afternoon when the protesters started heading toward the French consulate in the southern port city of Karachi. The protesters began throwing stones at the police, who tried to push them back with water cannons and tear gas.

A photographer with French news agency AFP was wounded in Pakistan on Friday after being shot during clashes against the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo outside the French consulate in the port city of Karachi, police said.

"AFP photographer Asif Hasan suffered wounds resulting from gunshots fired by ... protesters, police have not opened fire," Abdul Khalique Shaikh, a senior police officer in southern Karachi, told Reuters.

A Reuters photographer at the scene said that many protesters appeared to be armed.

The protesters were mostly students affiliated with the Jamaat-e-Islami political party.

Gunmen attacked the magazine, Charlie Hebdo, last week in an attack that left 12 people dead.

Pakistan has condemned the violence in France, but many people in this overwhelmingly Muslim country view the magazine's caricatures of Mohammed as a profound insult to Islam. 

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