US soldier, Afghan killed in fresh Koran protests as Karzai calls for calm

One US soldier and an Afghan protester were killed in the latest violence on the sixth day of Koran burning protests criss-crossing Afghanistan, despite another plea for calm by President Hamid Karzai, dpa reported. 


Meanwhile, one US soldier and one Afghan protester were killed Sunday in a hand grenade attack in northern Afghanistan during a protest against Koran burning, officials said. 

Twenty thousand people took to the streets in Imam Saheb District in the northern province of Kunduz to protest against the burning of the Koran,” Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, the provincial deputy police chief said. 

“The protesters tried to storm a military base of the international forces in the district. Some of the protesters were armed and threw hand grenades inside the base, resulting in the death of one US soldier and one Afghan protester,” Hussaini said, adding six US soldiers were also injured. 

Fifteen Afghan policemen, including the district police chief, were injured, he said. 

The NATO-led coalition confirmed that an explosion had occurred in an ISAF installation in northern Afghanistan, but said there were no fatalities.

More than 32 people, including five US soldiers, have already been killed in violent protests sparked by the Koran-burning incident earlier in the week, which US officials have called a mistake. 

On Saturday, two US military advisers were shot dead inside the Afghan Interior Ministry building in Kabul. 


Following the killing, NATO-led international forces recalled their personnel working at various Afghan ministries.


Deutsche Presse-Agentur

February 26, 2012


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