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US Embassy in Kabul on lockdown amid protests

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 13:45

Kabul: The US Embassy in Kabul said on Wednesday its staff were on lockdown and all travel was suspended amid violent protests across the capital over the burning of Korans at NATO`s main base in Afghanistan.

"The embassy is on lockdown; all travel suspended. Please, everyone, be safe out there," the embassy`s official Twitter feed said of the protests where demonstrators screamed "Death to America!"

Police fired shots as around 1,000 protesters gathered for a second day of violent clashes after copies of Islam`s holy book were burned on Tuesday.

At least 11 people were injured when shots were fired into a crowd of anti-US demonstrators trying to march on the centre of the capital Kabul, an official said.

"All are suffering from bullet wounds and were injured during the protests," a health ministry official said on condition of anonymity, adding, “Two of them are in critical condition."


First Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 13:45

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