Afghans begin 2nd day protest at Koran burning

February 22, 2012 07:46

HUDKHIL - Hundreds of Afghan protesters threw stones at police on Wednesday and security forces fired shots in the air in a second day of demonstrations after copies of the Koran, Islam's most holy book, were burned at a major NATO airbase.

Protesters shouted "Death to America!" and "Death to (President Hamid) Karzai" in demonstrations on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul, while separate protests were also underway in the eastern city of Jalalabad, Reuters witnesses said.

As many as 2,000 Afghans on Tuesday massed outside several gates to Bagram Airbase, the main centre for NATO-led forces just north of Kabul, after local labourers found charred remains of copies of the Koran as they collected rubbish, prompting an apology from the White House and NATO.

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