Monday, April 4, 2011

Afghans Protest Quran Burning

Afghanistan: Afghan protests over the burning of a Quran in Florida continued Sunday for a third day, with three more people killed.

That brought to 24 the number of people killed in Afghanistan since Friday, when a mob overran United Nations offices in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing seven United Nations international staff members.

The police fired into crowds Saturday, killing 9 people and wounding 81, all by gunshots, but were more restrained on Sunday, as representatives of the protesters met with government officials in an effort to defuse the violence.

Still, 40 more people were wounded and 2 more killed Sunday in the confrontations between the police and protesters. Two policemen were killed over the two days here, apparently because some of the protesters were armed and shot back at them.

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TheQuran was burned at a Gainesville, Fla., church on March 20 under the supervision of Terry Jones, a nondenominational evangelical pastor.

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