One killed in fifth day of Afghanistan protests

February 25, 2012 10:00

KABUL - One person was shot dead by Afghan security forces on Saturday as protests over the burnings of the Muslim holy book at a NATO base raged for a fifth day, provincial officials said.

The shooting took place in Logar province south of Kabul after hundreds of angry protesters clashed with security forces. Two people were wounded.

Protests erupted in several other provinces on Saturday. Security forces remained on high alert.

Twelve people were killed on Friday and dozens wounded in the bloodiest day yet in demonstrations over the burning of the Korans at Bagram airbase.

The Koran burnings underscore the deep cultural divide that still exists more than 10 years after US troops invaded to oust the Taliban and have deepened public mistrust of the West.

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