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    » 02/24/2012, 00.00

    AFGHANISTAN

    Protests over the burning of the Koran: 7 dead in Herat, stones launched at presidential palace in Kabul



    Since this morning, hundreds of protesters surrounded the building. Police fired into the air to disperse the crowd. Other demonstrations are in progress in the rest of the country. Obama apologizes to all the people of Afghanistan for the serious mistake of the U.S. soldiers. Death toll reaches 14 victims.

    Kabul (AsiaNews) - The official apology of Barack Obama, U.S. president, has failed to appease the anger of Afghans in four days of protest against the burning of the Koran, February 21 in the NATO base in Bagram. Today, 7 people died in Herat during a protest outside the American consulate. In Kabul, hundreds of people gathered in front of the presidential palace hurling stones, bottles and chanting anti-American slogans. To appease the crowd, police fired into the air. Local sources point out that the capital is reinforced and the police are patrolling the streets on board pick-up trucks for fear of attacks on embassies and other government buildings. Protest marches are being held in Baghlan, Kuduz, Nangarhar, Gardez, Mazar-e-Sharif.

    In a letter sent yesterday to the Afghan president, Obama expressed his "deep regret for what happened in Bagram," offering his own apologies to all Afghan people, he stressed that the gesture was a pure mistake and announced that necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents will be taken. Today Hamid Karzai, Afghan president, has called on NATO to try the soldiers who have burned copies of the Muslim holy book.

    To date the toll is 19 dead in clashes. Among the victims are also two American soldiers. They were killed by a man wearing an Afghan army uniform while defending the entrance to the military base Khogyani (eastern province of Nangarhar), besieged by an angry mob. A total of 14 deaths in the protests.

     

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    27/02/2012 AFGHANISTAN
    Koran burning continues to cause violence. Nine dead in suicide attack in Jalalabad
    The target of the attack were American soldiers stationed at the military airport of the city. Six civilians among the victims. AsiaNews sources underline the anti-Western climate on the streets of Kabul, fuelled by Taliban and local media. France and Britain call home the staff employed in the ministries of the Afghan government.

    22/02/2012 AFGHANISTAN
    Bagram: riots and protests over the burning of the Korans in the U.S. base. Calm in Kabul
    AsiaNews sources in Afghanistan define the episode as yet another act of violence against the Afghan people. The events are concentrated in areas outside the capital. In Bagram thousands of people storm the NATO base. U.S. embassy in Kabul closed.

    02/04/2011 AFGHANISTAN - PAKISTAN
    Mazar-i-Sharif, UN attacked: 20 dead. Links to the Florida Koran burning
    United Nations complex in northern Afghanistan the target, in an area considered peaceful. The attack occurred during a protest against the act of the U.S. Pastor Terry Jones, who denies responsibility. Ban Ki-moon "outrageous and cowardly" gesture.

    25/02/2012 AFGHANISTAN
    Fifth day of protests over Koran burning. UN headquarters in Kunduz attacked
    Toll from unrest rises to 20 dead. Another protester killed in Logar province (eastern Turkey). Afghan workers at Bagram base: U.S. military burned the sacred books of ignoring our pleas.

    23/02/2012 AFGHANISTAN
    Afghanistan protests explode over Koran burning, eight dead, dozens wounded
    Among the victims are also two NATO soldiers. The protests going on for 48 hours, despite the appeals of President Karzai. AsiaNews sources warn of a possible manipulation by the Taliban. According to the NATO mission in charge, the books were burned by accident. In Kabul, the staff has barred Western diplomats inside the embassies of fear of violence and reprisals.



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