US marines killed in revenge for anti-Muslim film: Taliban

Killing of US marines in Afghanistan’s NATO base on Saturday was in retaliation to the anti-Muslim film, Taliban said.

Updated: Sep 15, 2012, 11:02 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Kabul: Killing of two US marines in Afghanistan’s NATO base on Saturday was in retaliation to the anti-Muslim film produced in US, Taliban said.

According to BBC, Taliban said that the attack on the military post in southern Afghanistan’s Hemland province was carried out “in revenge for a film mocking Islam”.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi told the BBC that US and UK soldiers were targeted in the attack that involved 10 insurgents.

Nato’s Camp Bastion, where Prince Harry is stationed on a four-month combat tour, was on Friday midnight attacked by insurgents who used small arms, rockets and mortar killing two US marines and wounding several other troops.

The attack on NATO base in Afghanistan’s Hemland comes in the backdrop of these very protests and violence across the Muslim world this week that has been linked to an anti-Islamic film.

The fury over an anti-Islam film named “Innocence of Muslims” has spread like a wildfire with the violence intensifying across the world.

On Friday, there were protests and attacks on the US Embassies in Sudan and Tunisia, and in Lebanon an American restaurant was set ablaze.

The protests over the film started on Tuesday in Cairo, with p rotesters scaling the US Embassy walls and burning the US flag.

A day after, the US Embassy in Libya was stormed culminating in the death of the US Ambassador to Liya named Christopher Stevens and four others.

Of late, the violence has only been increasing with the US Embassies across the world being targeted.

Over 20 countries from Middle East to South Asia witnessed protests most of which were peaceful but several turned violent making it a tough task for the security forces to rein in the anti-American crowd.

With Agency Inputs