TUNIS - The death toll from Friday's attack on the US embassy in Tunis, provoked by a film that mocks the Prophet Mohammed, rose to four, with 46 people injured, a hospital official said.

Police fought hundreds of protesters who smashed windows, hurled petrol bombs and stones at police from inside, and started fires in the embassy. A Reuters reporter saw police open fire on protesters forcing their way into the embassy building.

"The death toll is four dead - three were killed from gun shot wounds, the other was hit by two police cars," Nourredine Hard, a senior official at the Mongi Slim hospital in Tunis said on Saturday. He said 46 were injured.

Late on Friday, Health Minister Abd Elatif Meki had told state media at least two people died and 29 were injured.

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