Quran demo over toilet paper claim; 3 Afghans held

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 21:45

Kabul: Three people have been arrested as
officials probe claims that a paper mill in Afghanistan
recycled copies of the Quran into toilet paper, the attorney
general`s office said Tuesday.

Around 1,000 angry demonstrators, some throwing
stones, held a protest yesterday at the mill on the outskirts
of Kabul, leaving the building partially destroyed.

Copies of the Quran were found inside the factory,
Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said, adding that
no-one was injured in the protest.

"The attorney general`s office and Kabul police have
jointly tasked a delegation to investigate the alleged
disrespect to our holy book in that factory," a spokesman for
the office, Amanullah Iman said.

"We have arrested three people including the director
of the company so far... we are taking the issue very

The burning of a copy of the Quran by a pastor in the
United States last month sparked a wave of violent protests
across Afghanistan which left at least 24 people dead.

This included seven UN staff killed in their compound
in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

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First Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 21:45

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