Protests over Koran burning in Afghanistan

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    Five dead in Afghan protest over Quran burning

    KABUL:A total of five demonstrators were shot dead on Wednesday in anti-US protests in Afghanistan over the burning of the Quran at a US military base, officials said.

    Three were killed in Shinwar district of Parwan province north of Kabul, provincial administration spokeswoman Roshna Khalid told AFP. Two other people died in clashes between police and protesters in Kabul and in the eastern city of Jalalabad, health ministry and hospital sources said.

    “The protests got violent. They attacked police with rocks and in a clash between police and protesters three people were killed and over 10 others are injured,” Khalid said.

    “All (the injured) are suffering from bullet wounds and were injured during the protests,” a health ministry official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

    Hundreds of Afghans threw stones, shouted “death to America” and torched tires, pouring onto streets Wednesday for a second day of angry protests against Nato troops for burning copies of the Quran.

    About 500 protesters threw stones at a US military base in Kabul, while in the eastern city of Jalalabad more than 1,000 demonstrators blocked the highway shouting “Death to Americans, Death to Obama”, AFP journalists said.

    In Kabul, the crowd attacked anti-riot police, forcing them to retreat, an AFP photographer said. At least one protester was shot, he said, without being able to identify where the shots came from.

    Troops guarding the base, Camp Phoenix, fired in the air, he said, while black smoke from burning tyres rose above the demonstration in the Hod Khail neighbourhood.

    A second protest erupted in west Kabul, involving about 100 university students, a police spokesman said, adding that riot police were present and the demonstration was under control.

    The Jalalabad protest also involved university students, who chanted “We cannot tolerate insults to the sacred religion of Islam” as they prepared to burn an effigy of US President Barack Obama, an AFP reporter said.

    The crowd blocked the key highway from the capital Kabul through the eastern provinces to the Pakistani trade port of Turkham.

    On Tuesday, protests erupted in Kabul and outside the US-run Bagram military base, north of the capital, as word spread that Nato troops had burnt copies of the Quran.

    The US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, apologised and ordered an investigation into an incident in which troops “improperly disposed of a large number of Islamic religious materials which included Qurans”.

    In an attempt to head off further protests in deeply religious Afghanistan, Allen repeated his apology late Tuesday and said that all troops would be trained in the “proper handling of religious materials no later than March 3”.

    For the first time, he admitted that Qurans had been burnt, saying they were “inadvertently taken to an incineration facility at Bagram airfield”.

    “Along with our apology to the Afghans is our certainty and assurance to them that these kinds of incidents, when they do occur, will be corrected in the fastest and most appropriate manner possible,” said Allen.

    “We’ve been shoulder to shoulder with the Afghans for a long time. We’ve been dying alongside the Afghans for a long time because we believe in them; we believe in their country, and we want to have every opportunity to give them a bright future.” Two US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP the military removed Qurans from the US-run prison at Bagram because inmates were suspected of using the holy book to pass messages to each other.

    Five dead in Afghan protest over Quran burning | World | DAWN.COM
     
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    Protests over Qur'an burning spread in Afghanistan

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    Afghan police opened fire Wednesday to disperse thousands of anti-American protesters rioting for a second day over an incident that the U.S. said was inadvertent burning of Muslim holy books at a military base in Kabul.

    At least 17 people were wounded in the rallies in the Afghan capital and in another city, officials said.

    In Kabul, police shot into the air over a crowd gathered outside a housing complex for foreigners and a U.S. base on the city's outskirts. Nearby, angry demonstrators set a fuel truck ablaze on a main highway linking the Afghan capital with the eastern city of Jalalabad.

    "Death to America," chanted the angry protesters as they hurled rocks and set fires outside the complex, which is home to foreign contractors, police and some coalition military forces.

    The Health Ministry said at least 11 people were wounded by gunfire in Kabul, and provincial officials said at least six were wounded in riots that broke out in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

    The U.S. had apologized Tuesday for the burning of books, including Qur'ans, that had been pulled from the shelves of a detention centre library adjoining Bagram air base because they contained extremist messages or inscriptions.

    The White House later echoed military officials and said the burning of Qur'ans and other Islamic reading material that had been tossed in a pile of garbage was an accident.

    As the rally Wednesday in Kabul turned violent, the city's police Chief Mohammad Ayub Salangi arrived at the scene with hundreds of reinforcements. Police later said the demonstrations had been broken up and that the situation in Kabul was now under control.

    "They have the right to demonstrate, but they have to do it in accordance with the law," said Daud Amin, Salangi's deputy police chief, who was also outside the housing complex.

    "It is their right to demonstrate. We are also Muslim and we say it was a wrong action from the Islamic point of view," he added about the Qur'an incident.

    A doctor at Kabul's Wazir Akbar Khan hospital said at least 10 protesters had been brought to the hospital with gunshot wounds. The doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said one of the wounded was in critical condition.

    Several kilometres away, hundreds were also gathered outside Camp Phoenix, a U.S. military base, and were hurling rocks at the installation, said Kabul provincial police spokesman Ashmatullah Stanekzai. Shots were also fired in the air at Camp Phoenix.

    Stanekzai said another smaller and peaceful demonstration with just over 100 people took place in western Kabul near the capital's university.

    Police in eastern Jalalabad city said that thousands demonstrated in a number of separate protests over the Qur'an burning incident, with about 1,000 gathering outside an American base at the city's airport. Provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdul Zai said six protesters were wounded around the city of Jalalabad and that a number of buildings had been burned.

    After the Qur'an burning incident was made public Tuesday, more than 2,000 Afghans protested outside the Bagram Air Base near the capital. The incident took place late Monday, when Afghan workers saw soldiers dumping the books in a pit where garbage is burned and noticed the Qur'ans and other religious books among the trash.

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    Mad genocidal mullahs are at work again.....!
     
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    This is what happens in Islamic countries for such petty things. protest is fine...But violence when so many people died ?
     
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    People fight over 10 rupees and get into blows. Enough news come out on petty things creating trouble but burning of Quran is no petty thing. Killing and violance is not justified under any circumstances but the point is, it's not limited to certain countries.
     
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    Yes, They do but that is not related with any religion.

    Here, For Cartoon and Quaran - Already many people died.

    Yes, One has right to protest, But dying for quaran ?? It's very petty thing.....Muslims take religion too seriously.


    There was Gita which was burnt in Bangladesh sometime back. News was not even highlighted. There was hardly any protest, Forget about people dying..........
     
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    You should know better. You carry your religion on your sleeve.
     
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    Please don't tell me only Muslims get excited over religion. I mean everyone is so freaking religious that even their mobile ringtones are Bhajans or religious songs or whatever. People need to get over their fixation over religion that there is no doubt about.
     
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    Yes, I know better :)

    Carry and Killing are different thing.....
     
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    That is spirituality. You can use DND service to deactivate SMS. You won't get any Bhajan SMS. I like getting Bhajan SMS. They send to all as more people are interested in India.

    Now, Mixing religious spirituality with Killing over cartoon/Quaran ?? :rolleyes:
     
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    I am not talking about SMS but the ringtones. When someone calls you, it rings or sings now. Wo wala :D

    Religious spirituality :rofl:

    Those who carry their religion on their sleeves are more than likely to be the first to kill for it. Just MHO.
     
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    Again your mixing religious spirituality with killing over petty issues.

    Majority of people who follow one or another religion have inner spirituality.

    You are mixing Spirituality which is done to achieve peace but Killing which is reflection of Violence Mind-set. These two are totally different things.

    If tomorrow, Any Gita or Bible will be burnt, People will protest, Some people will be angry too. But they won't start violence in which many people die. Indeed, I know 3-4 such incident when people not even protested. It happens with Muslims only and can't be compared with any other religion. It's unique thing. Although many Muslims are not like that, it's some section among Muslims.This is not 1st incident but 6th or 7th incident i heard when people died for such small religious thing.
     
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    Kathni Aur Karni me Bahut farak hai sahab. Given an op, I think you may get rid of all Muslims, at least in India or so it seems from your daily dose of posts :D
     
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    This was a screw-up. These books were removed from a library for detainees because those detainees were using notations in the books for secret communication. US personnel should have known how to properly deal with those books.

    By the way, is there a proper way for the faithful to dispose of a Quran which is no longer usable?
     
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    No, It's not different Janab. :D

    6-7 such incident in recent time - Lots of Violence by Some section of Muslims and many people died. Building was burnt. Lots of violence. A cartoon in France, 2 people died in Pakistan :D

    Recently, Gita was burned in Bangladesh. Same incident happened with different religious book in Kashmir also sometime back. There was protest but no one started violence and killing. Bible was also burnt. How many people died ? 0

    There were almost 20-30 small incident related with my religion too in US/Europe. There were some protest, matter closed. But if that will be related with Islam. One can expect burning the building where the cartoonist was living.

    As i said, it's about Muslims only. No other people from other religion does these things. Of course, you can disagree with me :)

    It's not about getting rid of Muslims. Don't exaggerate small thing as i don't want to stretch small thing in big issue like the above news.
     
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    It's called cooling. It is put in a water body (lake, river) where it will not come under feet or be used or recycled in any form.
     
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    U.S. Military Burned Bibles at Bagram in 2009
     
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    U.S. Military Burned Bibles at Bagram in 2009
     
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    "We call the dogs who lose Americans"

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    what are we supposed to discuss?
     

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