Thousands protest planned Quran burning in Afghanistan; at least 11 injured

By Amir Shah, AP
Friday, September 10, 2010

11 Afghans injured in anti-Quran-burning protests

KABUL, Afghanistan — Thousands of Afghans are protesting a small American church’s plan to burn the Muslim holy book. At least 11 people have been injured.

Police in the northern province of Badakhshan say several hundred demonstrators ran toward a NATO compound where four attackers and five police were injured in clashes. Protesters also burned an American flag at a mosque after Friday prayers.

In western Farah province, police said two people were injured in another protest.

Police say initial reports that someone was killed were wrong.

The Rev. Terry Jones from the Dove Outreach Center in Florida triggered outrage when he promised to burn the Quran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

He canceled the plans Thursday but then said he was reconsidering.

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