Afghan demonstrators parade an effigy representing US President Barack Obama as they shout anti-US slogans during a protest against Koran desecration in Jalalabad on Wednesday. At least five Afghans were shot dead and dozens wounded in clashes between police and protesters, officials said, after reports that the Koran was burned at a US-run military base. (AFP /Noorullah Shirzada)
Eight Afghan protesters were killed in clashes with police over the burning of Korans at Bagram airbase. Protesters in Jalalabad torched an effigy of “black dog” Barack Obama.
The Taipei Times reported:
At least eight Afghans were shot dead and dozens wounded yesterday in clashes between police and demonstrators protesting over the burning of the Koran at a US-run military base, officials said.
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In Kabul and in provinces to the east, north and south of the capital, furious Afghans took to the streets screaming “Death to America,” throwing rocks, and setting fire to shops and vehicles as gunshots rang out. In Jalalabad, students set fire to an effigy of US President Barack Obama and the US embassy in Kabul went into lockdown.
In Kabul, hundreds of people poured onto the Jalalabad road, throwing stones at US military base Camp Phoenix, where troops guarding the base fired into the air and black smoke rose from burning tires, a photographer said.
Afghanistan is a deeply religious country where slights against Islam have frequently provoked protests.
The US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, apologized and ordered an investigation into the incident, admitting that religious materials, including Korans, “were inadvertently taken to an incineration facility.”