Two U.S. troops have been shot to death and four more wounded by an Afghan solider who turned his gun on his allies in apparent anger over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, an Afghan official tells CBS News.
A statement from the International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan, the international coalition in the country, confirmed that two troops were killed in Eastern Afghanistan on Thursday by “an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform.”
Protesters in Kabul shouted, “Death to America!” and threw stones at Camp Phoenix, the main US base in the city.
Riot police used water cannon to disperse protesters, some of whom were blocking the road leading to Jalalabad, one of the main trade routes into the capital.
Witnesses said security guards were firing into the air. There were also reports of people chanting pro-Taliban slogans.
One protester in Kabul, 18-year-old Ajmal, told Reuters: “When the Americans insult us to this degree, we will join the insurgents.”
In case you’re wondering how these protesters expect Korans to be disposed of, here is the proper ritual:
“If one decides to get rid of religious literature, the right thing would be to bury them by wrapping them in something pure first, in a place where people would not walk very rarely. Similarly, it would be permitted to tie the books and papers with something heavy and cast them into a flowing river. You may also burn [texts other than the Koran], but in this case, only after erasing the names of Allah, his Angels and his Messengers (peace and blessings be upon them all). As far the old and unusable Qur’ans are concerned, it is not permitted to burn them unless there is no other way to dispose them.” Muslim scholar Allamah Haskafi
This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve read in a while. Should we really spend our time obsessing over the details of book-disposing rituals instead of telling the rioters that it’s wrong to threaten violence over a book?