Hundreds of Afghans protest over Quran shooting

Hundreds of Afghans demonstrated Monday in two different provinces against a US sniper in Iraq who used a Quran, the Muslim holy book, for target practice. Demonstrators tore apart an effigy of US President George W. Bush and chanted anti-US slogans. A Lithuanian soldier and two Afghan civilians were shot and killed last week when about 1,000 Afghans gathered in western Afghanistan to protest the incident. Monday's demonstrations in Balkh and Logar provinces involved several hundred people but were not violent, provincial officials said. The US military has said it disciplined the sniper and removed him from Iraq after he was found to have used the Quran for target practice on May 9. Bush apologized to Iraq's prime minister for the incident after several US military officials tried to soothe anger.