Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Two killed in Koran burning protest

Afghans have staged a number of protests against the idea of the Koran being burned by a US pastor (AP)

Two protesters have died and four have been injured as Afghans protested for a third day against a plan by an American pastor to burn copies of the Islamic holy book, despite his decision to call off the action.

Mohammad Rahim Amin, chief of the Baraki Barak district in eastern Logar province, said the deaths and injuries occurred when Afghan soldiers opened fire on hundreds of protesters who were trying to storm the local government headquarters.

During recent protests against the Koran burning, Afghans have regularly targeted the pro-Western government.

The protesters in Logar chanted "Death to America" and burned tyres, attacked several shops and set election campaign posters on fire, Mr Amin said.

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