Four Dead After Afghani Riots Over Report of U.S. Desecration of Qur'an

May 11, 2005

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: Reuters

On May 11, 2005 Reuters reported, "Afghan police opened fire on protesters on Wednesday killing four and wounding dozens after violent demonstrations over a report that U.S. interrogators had desecrated the Koran. U.S. forces stationed in the conservative Muslim city of Jalalabad, 130 km (80 miles) east of the capital, were called back to base when the trouble began leaving Afghan authorities to handle it, at their request, a U.S. spokeswoman said. Government offices were set on fire, shops looted, and U.N. buildings and diplomatic missions attacked as thousands of people took to the streets, witnesses and officials said. Police fired several times to disperse crowds. Four people had been killed and 52 wounded, provincial health chief Fazel Mohammad Ibrahimi said after compiling information from three city hospitals."