Protests over the burning of a Koran in the USA continue to spread in Afghanistan. Today, two Afghan policemen were killed in Kandahar city, where 10 people were killed during riots yesterday. Also today, protests took place in Jalalabad, Kabul, Herat, and Takhar, although those were described as peaceful (protesters merely shouted “Death to America” and burned effigies of President Barack Obama).
Reuters is reporting that so-called “reintegrated” Taliban may have been behind the slaughter of five Nepalese guards and three UN employees at a UN compound in Mazar-i-Sharif on April 1.
A senior interior ministry investigator said on Sunday the killers of the U.N. staff appear to have been “reintegrated” Taliban — fighters who had formally laid down arms — although the insurgents have denied any role in the attack.
The reintegration of low and mid-level Taliban fighters is a key part of the ISAF strategy to defeat the Taliban and end the terrorist insurgency.
Meanwhile, the UN is blaming the murders on a Florida pastor who burned the Koran two weeks ago. From TOLOnews:
Mr Staffan De Mistura blamed the violence on the Florida pastor, describing the burning of the holy Koran as “insane and totally deprecable gesture by one person”.
I don’t think we should be blaming any Afghans, we should blame the one who burnt the Koran, he said addressing a news conference in Kabul on Saturday.
Freedom of speech does not mean to offend culture, religion and traditions, he added.
Whatever you may think of Terry Jones, the pastor in charge of the Dove World Outreach Center, in Gainesville, Fla., who sponsored the Koran burning, he didn’t kill a single person. A large group of Afghans who are largely unmoved by the daily slaughter of innocents by Taliban IED and suicide attacks, but who easily get worked up over the burning of a Koran by a screwball pastor, killed all of those people.
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