February 21, 2012.
Large numbers of people have turned up for angry demonstrations in Afghanistan after US-led forces in the war-wracked country burned copies of the Holy Qur’an, Press TV reports.
The angry protesters on Tuesday held protest rallies in Kabul as well as outside the US Bagram Airbase and chanted anti-US slogans, demanding the trial of the perpetrators of the desecrating act.
At least one Afghan protester was injured after US troops opened fire to disperse the angry demonstrators near the airbase, about 60 kilometers north of Kabul.
The protests came after reports emerged saying that foreign troops had burned “a large number of Islamic religious materials which included Qur’ans" at the Bagram Airbase.
Mohammad Nabi, a protester who said he was an employee at the base, told reporters that US troops killed two Afghan employees and fired five more after they protested the burning of the copies of the Holy Qur'an inside the military base.
Meanwhile, similar protests were held in other parts of the capital and several other Afghan cities.
The US commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan in a statement apologized over the insulting move and ordered a full investigation into the incident.
"When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them," said General John R. Allen.
"The materials recovered will be properly handled by appropriate religious authorities," he added.
"We are thoroughly investigating the incident and we are taking steps to ensure this does not ever happen again. I assure you… I promise you … this was not intentional in any way," he further said.
The US general also expressed his “sincere apologies for any offence this may have caused, to the president of Afghanistan, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and most importantly, to the noble people of Afghanistan.”
In April 2011, at least ten people were killed and several others injured in successive days of protests in Afghanistan over the burning of the Holy Qur’an in the US.
Comment: They killed two protesters for being offended by this odious act? And they sorry?
The usual disgusting business of racist imperial occupation. Apologies are not even an issue.