Outrage over Quran desecration (Video)By Ataullah Khpelwak & Ajmal Safi Feb 22, 2012 - 16:35
KABUL (PAN): At least eight people were killed and 21 others wounded as protests over alleged burning of the Quran by US troops at the Bagram Airbase continued across Afghanistan for a second day on Wednesday, officials and witnesses said.
Six men were killed and a dozen others wounded when an anti-US demonstration turned violent in the central province of Parwan. In the Shinwari district, furious protestors stormed the district headquarters building and clashed with police, the district chief said.
Saifullah Baidar told Pajhwok Afghan News police opened fire on the protestors to stop them from entering the office complex. Six passers-by were wounded when the demonstrators, who were initially peaceful but turned violent after police fire, hurled stones at them, a witness said.
One person was killed and three others wounded during a protest in the Baraki Barak district of central Logar province, where some militants opened five on district headquarters. Syed Wakil, the ditrict’s administrative chief, said police returned fire in an effort to disperse the angry mob.
“We were staging a peaceful demonstration, but police fired on us,” protestor Abdul Abdul Raqib said, adding one man was killed and two others sustained injuries.
PAJHWOK/Ataullah Khpelwak-Ajmal Safi