Kabul: Afghan officials said on Friday that at least seven people were killed in protests around the country against the burning of Qurans at a US air base, bringing the overall death toll after four days of demonstrations to 20. The fresh protests were evidence that President Barack Obama's apology has not calmed Afghans enraged by the incident at Bagram Air Field earlier this week.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, parliamentarians and some clerics have also called for an end to the protests until an investigation into the incident is concluded in coming days.
The governor's office in western Herat province said six died in three incidents there. Muhiuddin Noori, a spokesman for the governor, said three people were killed when a truck full of ammunition exploded after protesters set it ablaze. Three others died in two separate incidents when armed men among the protesters exchanged gunfire with security forces. He said at least 65 people were injured in the three protests.
In northern Baghlan province, Governor Abdul Majid said another protester died when Afghan security forces fired in the air to prevent demonstrators from storming a Hungarian base....more
11:20 PM, Feb 24, 2012
Bagram: More than 2,000 Afghans protested outside the main US military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday over a report that foreign troops had improperly disposed of copies of the Koran and other religious items, Afghan officials said. US helicopters fired flares to try to break up the demonstrators, some of whom were chanting anti-foreigner slogans and throwing stones. Roshna Khalid, the provincial governor's spokeswoman, said Korans had been burnt inside...
05:03 PM, Feb 21, 2012