2 Afghans Die in Protest of Quran Burning Plan
Posted on Sep 12, 2010
Florida pastor Terry Jones backed away from his plan to burn a pile of Qurans on Sept. 11, but anger in the Muslim world persists. Two people were killed in eastern Afghanistan when soldiers opened fire on a crowd during protests against the planned burning. —JCL
Two protesters died and four were injured as Afghans protested for a third day Sunday against a plan by an American pastor to burn copies of the Islamic holy book, despite his decision to call off the action.
Mohammad Rahim Amin, chief of the Baraki Barak district in eastern Logar province, said the deaths and injuries occurred when Afghan soldiers opened fire on hundreds of protesters who were trying to storm the local government headquarters.
During recent protests against the Quran burning, Afghans have regularly targeted the pro-Western government.