Afghans burn mosques in Shi'ite-Sunni clashes

February 9, 2006 13:00

Hundreds of Shi'ite Muslims and Sunnis clashed in a western Afghan city Thursday during an Islamic festival, burning cars, mosques and leaving at least 40 people injured, officials and witnesses said. The violence started in a camp for displaced people in Herat, near the Iranian border, and then spread across the city, said Barakatullah Mohammedi, a doctor at Herat Hospital. A Defense Ministry official in Kabul, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on the matter, confirmed that two mosques had been razed.

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