Taliban stirring violence in Afghanistan: Senior police officials

April 10th, 2011 - 5:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Kabul, Apr 10 (ANI): Senior Afghan police officials believe that former or current Taliban members backed by sympathizers and hard-line mullahs had stirred the violence at the United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif last week, which had left seven employees dead following the Koran burning incident in the United States.

The New York Times quoted police officials as expressing fears that former Taliban fighters, who had agreed to give up violence under an American-financed reintegration program, were among those who had snatched weapons from guards at the United Nations compound that day.

Three men who were living under police protection just a few blocks away have been arrested, they said.

“It was a political action firstly, and then they used the people’s emotions to get there,” General Daoud, who as police commander of the northern zone oversees security in nine northern provinces, said.

He quoted a mullah in a white turban urging protestors in the inner courtyard of Mazar’s exquisite blue-tiled shrine, saying: “You should stand against the infidel. Some can stand by the pen, some people can speak against the enemy.”

“The prophet says not just the mullah should stand against the infidel; everyone should stand against them,” General Daoud added.

Meanwhile, General Alizai said that ‘nine people had enetred together inside the mosque and made the decision to march to the south.’

The violence took place in Afghanistan after Florida pastor Tory Jones burnt a Koran to express his views about Islam. Despite this outcome over his actions, he went to the extent of saying that he was considering putting Islamic prophet Mohammed ‘on trial’ for his next ‘day of judgement’. (ANI)

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