Innocence of Muslims protests
A Shi'ite Muslim shouts slogans as he scuffles with police during an anti-American protest rally in Islamabad

Anti-US riots raging across the Islamic world are spreading to Asia and Africa, including non-Muslim countries such as India.

Outraged Muslims are targeting US missions. India's southern cities of Hyderabad and Chennai have witnessed protests against the US-produced film Innocence of Muslims.

Muslim activists hurled stones at the missions and ripped and burnt US flags. There have been no reported injuries to US staff.

A mob was prevented from scaling the walls of the US consulate in Chennai by police. Friday prayers were used to incite Muslims to protest against the US.

In Hyderabad, soon after evening prayers in a mosque, a group of Muslims spread the US flag like a carpet and walked on it.

The US State Department said that more than 65 of its embassies or consulates across the globe are on high alert as the volatile situation continues. Diplomatic activities of missions in Islamic countries have reportedly come to a standstill.

Apart from nearly 20 Islamic countries in the Middle East, US missions in Malaysia and Doha faced huge protests. Scores of Muslim children took part in the protests in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, while hundreds of marchers thronged the US diplomatic enclave in Nigeria.

One of the worst outbreaks of violence was reported in Tunis, where an American-run school was ransacked. Protesters scaled the walls, entered the premises and looted everything they could find. More than 650 students were sent home early.

"It's ransacked. We were thinking it was something the Tunisia government would keep under control. We had no idea they would allow things to go as wildly as they did," the director of the American Cooperative School of Tunis, Allan Bredy, told the New York Times.

More violence has occurred in Australia, where scores of activists clashed with the police outside the US consulate. The protesters carried placards reading: "Obama, Obama, we like Osama" and "Behead all those who insult the Prophet". Officials used tear gas to disperse angry crowds.

A Shi'ite Muslim shouts slogans as he scuffles with police during an anti-American protest rally in Islamabad
A Shi'ite Muslim shouts slogans as he scuffles with police during an anti-American protest rally in IslamabadReuters
A Shi'ite Muslim shouts slogans as he scuffles with police during an anti-American protest rally in Islamabad
A Shi'ite Muslim shouts slogans as he scuffles with police during an anti-American protest rally in IslamabadReuters
Indian policemen patrol as Kashmiri Muslims protest in Srinagar
Indian policemen patrol as Kashmiri Muslims protest in SrinagarReuters
The violence and widespread protests that have plagued Cairo and sections of the Middle East spread into Sydney, Australia Saturday as police clashed with hundreds of angry demonstrators.
The violence and widespread protests that have plagued Cairo and sections of the Middle East spread into Sydney, Australia Saturday as police clashed with hundreds of angry demonstrators.Reuters
Muslim protesters burn a US flag during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam, outside the US Consulate-general in Chennai
Muslim protesters burn a US flag during a protest against a film they consider blasphemous to Islam, outside the US Consulate-general in ChennaiReuters
Muslim protesters throw stones at the US Consulate-general in Chennai
Muslim protesters throw stones at the US Consulate-general in ChennaiReuters
Muslim protesters try to tear down an awning at the US Consulate-general in Chennai
Muslim protesters try to tear down an awning at the US Consulate-general in ChennaiReuters
A Muslim protester tries to break a megaphone on a wall of the US Consulate-general in Chennai
A Muslim protester tries to break a megaphone on a wall of the US Consulate-general in ChennaiReuters
A Muslim child stands near Indonesian policemen guarding the US embassy in Jakarta
A Muslim child stands near Indonesian policemen guarding the US embassy in JakartaReuters
Indonesian Muslim women shout slogans during a protest in front of the US embassy in Jakarta
Indonesian Muslim women shout slogans during a protest in front of the US embassy in JakartaReuters
Muslims walk on US flags at the entrance to a mosque in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad
Muslims walk on US flags at the entrance to a mosque in the southern Indian city of HyderabadReuters
Muslim man burns a US flag outside a mosque in Hyderabad
Muslim man burns a US flag outside a mosque in HyderabadReuters
Bangladeshi Muslims shout slogans during a protest in front of the National Mosque in Dhaka
Bangladeshi Muslims shout slogans during a protest in front of the National Mosque in DhakaReuters
Bangladeshi Muslims shout slogans and hold up their shoes during a protest in front of the National Mosque in Dhaka
Bangladeshi Muslims shout slogans and hold up their shoes during a protest in front of the National Mosque in DhakaReuters
Israeli Muslim protesters roll up a banner after a demonstration outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv
Israeli Muslim protesters roll up a banner after a demonstration outside the US embassy in Tel AvivReuters