Protest over Quran burning in eastern Afghan town turns violence
Protest over Quran burning in Laghman province, 90 km east of capital Kabul, resumed Saturday and turned violence as gun shots were heard, an official said, Xinhua reported.
"Hundreds of angry people staged a protest demonstration in the provincial capital Mehterlam Saturday morning and attempting to storm the governor office but police succeeded to disperse them by firing," the official told Xinhua but declined to give his name, saying authorized officials would brief the media.
The protestors have been dispersed, the official said, adding almost all the shops in Mehterlam city have remained closed.
Meantime, a doctor said on condition of anonymity in the Mehterlam city hospital in talks with Xinhua that 15 injured men had been taken to the hospital.
Since Tuesday Afghans have been protesting over alleged Quran burning by the U.S. military in the Bagram Airbase, 50 km north of Kabul, which have claimed the lives of more than 20 people and injured over 80 others.