Saturday, April 2, 2011

Violent Protests in Afghanistan in Reaction to Quran Burning

In reaction to reports of the burning of the Holy Quran in a Florida church, violent demonstrations and disturbances have occurred throughout Afghanistan in the past 24 hours.

Today, in the southern city of Kandahar a huge demonstration turned into a riot, with crowds burning cars and shops. Tolo TV reported that nine people have been killed and 76 injured.

In Kabul, three suicide bombers tried to enter a US military camp, started shooting and detonated their vests, injuring three Afghan soldiers.

Yesterday, angry demonstrators attacked the UN compound in Mazaar-e Sharif, killing three UN European employee and four security guards. There were also angry street demonstrations in Kabul and Herat on Friday.

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