(London Telegraph) A Pakistani cabinet minister offered a $100,000 bounty for the murder of the American maker of a film deemed offensive to the Prophet Muhammad.

The bounty offer made on Saturday came a day after violent protests across Pakistan against the offending film, in which at least 22 people were killed and some 200 injured in clashes with the police.

“Whomsoever can kill the blasphemer will be covered in dollar bills by me,” the federal minister for railways, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, told a press conference in the northern city of Peshawar, where the worst of Friday’s riots took place.

A cinema owned by Mr Bilour was among many commercial properties set on fire there by a protesting mob.

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