Tuesday, April 5, 2011

30 killed in Afghan Qur'an burning march

Afghans shout anti- US slogans, behind a row of policemen, during a demonstration in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Source: Press TV

At least 30 people have been killed and nearly 150 others injured in four days of angry protests in Afghanistan against the burning of a copy of Islam's holy book by an American extremist pastor.

More than 1,000 Afghans took to the streets in Mehterlam, east of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Monday, pushing angry protests into a fourth day, a Press TV correspondent reported.

In Kandahar province, at least two policemen were killed and 30 more people wounded after the anti-US protests turned violent.

The angry Afghan demonstrators urged punishment for those responsible for the desecration of the holy Qur'an.

They also set fire to the effigy of US President Barack Obama and demanded American troops leave the war-wrecked country.

Earlier on Saturday, 16 people lost their lives and dozens more were left injured during anti-US rallies in Kandahar.

Similar protests have also been staged in the capital Kabul and other Afghan provinces, including Nangarhar, Laghman,and Mazar-i-Sharif.

Seven foreign workers for the United Nations were also killed when a small number of furious protesters stormed the UN headquarters in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday.

On March 20, Pastor Terry Jones, who had already caused an outrage worldwide by threatening to burn copies of the Qur'an last September, broke his earlier promise and burned the holy Qur'an after holding a mock trial at his fringe church in the city of Gainesville.

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