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Death toll from Kandahar violence climbs to 16

Death toll from Kandahar violence climbs to 16

Apr 03, 2011 - 15:31

KANDAHARCITY (PANinfo-icon): The death toll from a Saturday violent protest demonstration against the Quraninfo-icon burning in southern Kandahar province has reached 16, hospital sources said on Sunday.

Local officials in Kandahar on Saturday said 10 people were killed and 81 others were wounded when a protest against the Quran burning by an extremist Christian preacher in a Florida church weeks ago turned violent.

"Some of the wounded people have succumbed to their injuries and new dead bodies have also been brought to hospital, taking the number of those killed in the violence to 16," a doctor at the Mirwais Hopital told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.

Local officials say militants who had penetrated the protesters opened fired on police and civilians, killing nine people and injuring dozens of others.

The Saturday's protest came a day after 10 foreign employees of the United Nations were killed in a similar protest in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

On Sunday, the third day of protests against the Quran burning in the country, one person was killed and a dozen others were wounded as fresh protests erupted in Kandahar city and its adjacent Pajhwai district.


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