Protesters shot dead in unrest at Koran burning

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Afghan police have shot and killed three protesters in two separate incidents as riots broke out during demonstrations over an incident in which the Koran was burned at an American base.

Police said one protester was fatally shot and four people were wounded, including two police officers, in an exchange of gunfire during a riot outside police headquarters in the northern province of Baghlan. Two protesters were killed and six wounded in shooting during a protest in southern Uruzgan province.

Afghan police also fired shots in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters who tried to break into an American military base in the country’s east.

The fresh violence came a day after clashes broke out in the capital and three eastern provinces over the incident, leaving at least seven people dead.

President Hamid Karzai’s yesterday received a letter from US president Barack Obama apologising for the Koran burning.