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According to Lebanese security officials, a crowd angry over the film set fire to a KFC and a Hardee’s restaurant in the port city of Tripoli, 85 kilometers (50 miles) north of Beirut, sparking clashes with police. Police then opened fire, killing one of the attackers, the officials said.
At least 25 people were wounded in the melee, including 18 police who were hit with stones and glass. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
Lebanese authorities tightened security for the pope, suspending weapons permits except for politicians’ bodyguards and confining the visit to central Lebanon and northern Christian areas.
In the evening, Benedict will address thousands of youths from across the Middle East.
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