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Germany orders embassy staff to leave Khartoum

ByREUTERS
September 16, 2012 15:01

BERLIN - Germany ordered some staff members to leave its embassy in Sudan and bolstered security at the mission in Khartoum after it was stormed on Friday by protesters infuriated by an anti-Islamic film made in the United States.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry in Berlin said the staffing levels at the embassy in Khartoum had been reduced, although she did not provide any numbers. She said additional security personnel was sent to protect the building.



The situation was tense at the embassy in Khartoum but calm at the moment, she said.

About 5,000 people protesting against the film that insults the Prophet Mohammad outside the embassy stormed the building on Friday and raised an Islamic flag above the mission.

They smashed windows, cameras and furniture in the German complex and then started a fire, witnesses said.

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