15 die in Afghan Quran burning protests


Kabul: At least 15
people have died in violence over the past three days in Afghanistan
following reports of burning holy Quran by foreign soldiers. Afghans in
various provinces staged demonstrations that entered its third day on

At least 15 people died and dozens of others were injured in clashes with
police, Xinhua reported. The protests erupted on Tuesday in Bagram, the
main US military base 50 km from Kabul, after media reports said copies of
the Quran were found in the rubbish that NATO transported in a truck the
previous night to a pit where waste is burned. Protests have since swept
across the country.

US President Barack Obama Thursday apologized
over the incident, the Afghan presidency said in a statement. In a letter
to President Hamid Karzai, Obama said the incident was not intentional and
assured him of full investigation, it said. Karzai has appealed for calm
and urged the Afghans "not to resort to violence".

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