Quran burning protester shot dead in Afghanistan, several injured

September 10th, 2010 - 10:21 pm ICT by BNO News  

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) – Upon pastor’s plan of Quran burning, thousands of Afghans have gathered across the middle eastern country, protesting and some even threatening to attack U.S. bases, local media said Friday.

An estimated 10,000 people in Faizabad alone - capital of Badakhshan province - took the streets after Friday’s prayer session that also began Eid al-Fitr celebrations, which mark the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Several protesters were later reported to have sustained critical injuries by gunshots as they approached a NATO reconstruction base.

It was reported that a protester was shot dead and three others were wounded after attacking a nearby NATO base with stones in Bala Buluk in Farah province. Dr. Nasir Sultan Zada of Central Public Hospital identified the dead man as 24-year-old Muhammad Daoud.

Al Jazeera’s Sue Turton reported a number of injured people in Farah in west Afghanistan, and that protests were being organized in several parts of the country.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said they were investigation the situation as they were aware of the protests.

In Kabul, a peaceful demonstration was reported while protesters also marched in the Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Karachi.

Florida pastor Terry Jones late Thursday afternoon agreed to cancel his scheduled “International Burn A Koran Day” on Saturday to meet with the Imam who wants to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City, Feisal Abdul Rauf.

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