News Briefs

  2/21/2012, Shevat 28, 5772

NATO Apology as ‘Koran Burning’ Riots Continue

Thousands of Afghani citizens rioted outside a NATO base near Kabul on Tuesday over reports that foreign soldiers had attempted to burn copies of the Koran. Rioters threw stones, burned tires, and fired in the air. Troops fired rubber bullets, injuring one.

United States General John Allen announced an inquiry into the alleged Koran burning incident, and said any attempt to burn the Koran was accidental.

Copies of the Koran were reportedly nearly burnt when sent to a garbage dump along with refuse from the base.