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Pakistan government distances itself from official's filmmaker bounty

The Cerritos home owned by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is linked to an anti-Islamic film that inflamed protests in the Middle East.

September 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Pakistani government says an offer from a cabinet minister to pay out $100,000 to anyone who kills the maker of an anti-Islam film does not represent official policy.

The filmmaker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who is from Cerritos, has been in hiding after his name was linked to "Innocence of Muslims." The film sparked violent protests in the Muslim world and has lead to the deaths of more than 50 people.

Pakistani Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said Saturday he would pay the $100,000 bounty out of his own pocket. Bilour also appealed to al Qaeda and Taliban militants to help kill the filmmaker.

But officials with Pakistan's Foreign Office established Monday that Bilour's views did not reflect their own.

Meanwhile, protests over the film continue two weeks after it came to light. In Sri Lanka, about 5,000 protesters marched through the nation's capital demanding the U.S. ban the film and punish its creators. A small but peaceful protest also went on in Nigeria.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.