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Friday, 10 September 2010

Koran protests

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets across Afghanistan over plans, now on hold, by a small Florida church to burn copies of the Koran.



Three people were shot when a protest near a Nato base in the north-east of the country turned violent.
President Hamid Karzai said the stunt had been an insult to Islam, while Indonesia's president said it threatened world peace.

President Barack Obama had warned it would be an al-Qaeda recruitment bonanza, while Defence Secretary Robert Gates asked the pastor to cancel the protest.

Many of Friday's protests in Afghanistan were held after worshippers emerged from mosques, following Eid prayers marking the end of Ramadan. Demonstrators burned a US flag and chanted Death to Christians.

Full story from BBC News website here

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