03 Apr '11, 8am

Koran-burning protest resumes in Afghanistan

Koran-burning protest resumes in Afghanistan

KABUL - Hundreds of people took to Kandahar's streets on Sunday to protest against the burning of a Koran in the US, an official said, a day after 10 people died during similar demonstrations in the southern city. The deaths on Saturday came amid intense anger over the burning of a copy of the Koran by a Florida pastor in the United States. The mob turned violent after police blocked their march towards UN and government offices in Kandahar, which is the spiritual heartland of the Taliban insurgency. More than 80 other people including security forces were injured, according to the authorities. On Sunday hundreds of people, mostly young men came on the streets and shouted "Death to the US" and "Death to Karzai," witnesses said. Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the provincial administration confirmed the protests, adding that they were peaceful. "Yes there are demonstrations ...

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