Four killed in Afghanistan Quran burning protests (Lead)

February 22nd, 2012 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, Feb 22 (IANS) At least four people were killed and 19 injured Wednesday after thousands of Afghanis for the second day staged angry demonstrations in Kabul and Jalalabad over the alleged Quran burning by US military, Xinhua reported.

Protests erupted Tuesday here after media reports said copies of the Quran were found in the garbage that NATO forces transported in a truck Monday night to a pit where waste is burned.

US officials apologised Tuesday over the incident at Bagram airbase, 50 km north of Kabul where hundreds of suspected Taliban and Al-Qaida operatives have been held.

One person was killed in the capital city of Kabul, one in Jalalabad city and two in Parwan province, the BBC reported.

Officials at Bagram reportedly believed Taliban prisoners were using the books to pass messages to one another.

The charred remains of the volumes were found by local labourers.

In Kabul, protesters shouted, “Death to America!” and threw stones at Camp Phoenix, the main US base in the city.

Riot police used water cannon to disperse protesters, some of whom were blocking the road leading to Jalalabad, one of the main trade routes to the capital.

Protesters also burned an effigy of US President Barack Obama in Jalalabad, and set on fire oil tankers.

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