Monday, February 06, 2006

Four Killed at Muslim Protest Over Cartoons

Muslim demonstrators clashed with security forces who fired live rounds and tear gas to break up violent protests in several Asian countries Monday against the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Four people were killed and at least 19 wounded in Afghanistan.

The worst of the violence was outside Bagram, the main US base in the country, with Afghan police firing on 2,000 protesters as they tried to break into the heavily guarded facility.

Two of the demonstrators were killed and five wounded, while eight police were also hurt.

In the central Afghan city of Mihtarlam, police fired on the demonstrators after a man shot at them and others threw stones and knives.

Two protesters were killed, and three other people wounded - two of them police, one of whom was stabbed by a thrown knife. Protesters burned tires and threw stones at the offices of the police and provincial governor.

Meanwhile, about 200 protesters tried to break down the gate of a the Danish government's diplomatic mission office in the capital Kabul, but failed, said police who were guarding the building.

Sure sounds like a peaceful religion to me...

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