Nightly News | September 22, 2012
>> there were more protests today, but not the anti-american protests we have seen across other parts of the middle east and north africa . they were protesting instead against groups they believe are responsible for the attack on the u.s. embassy .
>> reporter: thousands took to the streets demanding dozens of militias be dismantled. what began as a peaceful protest ended in a clash with armed groups that came to dominate the city in response to the september 11 attack of the u.s. consulate that killed four americans they stormed a group they claim was involved in the assault. within hours protesters in the compound forced militia members to flee. at least 11 protesters were killed and dozens injured in clashes. cnn reports it found a copy of ambassador stevens's personal journal after the attack and that stevens wrote about how he feared hr his life in the country. his step-father tells nbc news tonight the report that he, quote, feared for his life, didn't sound like something he would write. american embassies remain on high alert in the wake of protests over the anti-islam film posted on youtube this month. in pakistan the death toll rose to more than 20 today. violent clashes between police and protesters angry about the youtube video . tens of thousands protested in nigeria by burning u.s. flags and in bangladesh protesters burned cars and fought with police. nearly two weeks after it first gained attention online the anti-islam film is evoking strong emotions among muslims.