Quran row: Afghan soldier kills two NATO troops

Last Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 22:39

Kabul: An Afghan soldier on Thursday shot dead two NATO troops, the military said, as fierce anti-US protests over the burning of the Quran swept the country.

"An individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force service members in eastern Afghanistan today, killing two service members," ISAF said.

Kabul: An Afghan soldier on Thursday shot dead two NATO troops, the military said, as fierce anti-US protests over the burning of the Quran swept the country.

"An individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force service members in eastern Afghanistan today, killing two service members," ISAF said.

Just hours earlier, Taliban insurgents exhorted demonstrating Afghans to attack and kill foreign troops to avenge the burning of Qurans at the US-run Bagram base north of Kabul.

"You should bring the invading forces` military bases under your brave attack, their military convoys, kill them, capture them, beat them and teach them a lesson that they will never again dare to insult the Holy Quran," the Taliban said in a statement.

The Islamist movement has been leading a 10-year insurgency after being toppled in the 2001 US-led invasion.

NATO has some 130,000 troops, mainly Americans, supporting the government of President Hamid Karzai.

Afghanistan is a deeply religious country where slights against Islam have frequently provoked violent protests, and many Afghans are incensed at the discovery of charred Qurans at the US-run Bagram airbase north of Kabul.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 22:39

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