Sunday, April 3, 2011

Several employees killed in an attack on a UN building in Afghanistan

Mazar-e-Sharif, considered relatively safe, is one of the seven areas selected by President Hamid Karzai and the international coalition to launch a process called "transition". Foreign forces, traditionally very visible in the city, there must pass the responsibility for security from July 1 to Afghan forces.

The event began in the early afternoon, after the traditional Friday prayers to protest against the recent book burning a Koran in the United States. The demonstrators attacked the headquarters of the UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) in mid-afternoon, before entering.

The correspondent of the demonstrators were about half a thousand. "Some were already in arms, others have recovered from the security guards of the office of UNAMA," said the spokesman of the police of the city, Lal Mohammad Ahamdzai, saying that insurgents "Taliban infiltrated the demonstrators.

" "In total, eleven people were killed, three foreign members of the UN, Nepal's five guards and three United Nations protesters" in Afghanistan, said Gen. Mohammad Daud Daud, police chief for northern Afghanistan . But a little later, Atta Mohammad Noor, governor of Balkh province, including Mazar-e-Sharif is the capital, said that "seven employees Unama were killed, five were Nepalese and two European a woman and a man.

" "Five demonstrators were killed and twenty wounded," he added, saying that "more than twenty insurgents involved in the attack were arrested. The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned shortly after "in the strongest terms", "outrageous and cowardly attack against UN personnel, which can not be justified in any way." Barack Obama also strongly condemned the attack.

The same day, two hundred demonstrators marched for the same reasons, but without incident, to the U.S. embassy in Kabul. The demonstrators left a mosque in the capital after Friday prayers. "At the mosque, the mullah has encouraged us to go protest, because a Koran was burned in the United States and against the installation of U.S.

bases in Afghanistan," has, meanwhile, said one protester. Printed banners were visible in the procession, but left thinking that the event was not spontaneous. "We want to start from Afghanistan 'dirty bastard' Americans and all their soldiers," could be read in English on one of them, while on others it was written " Death to America! " Dari, one of two official languages.

The protesters, who burned an American flag, marched shouting "We do not want America on our soil!". "Death to America Death to Israel!" They chanted Massoud arrived in the square, which leads to ultra-secure access leading to the American Embassy. After a few minutes, the protesters dispersed without incident.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, confirmed in early February for talks with Washington on the possible installation of permanent U.S. bases in Afghanistan after 2014, when the international coalition, two-thirds American, plans to have completed the transfer of responsibility for security to Afghan forces.

Late March, an American fundamentalist pastor had implemented his threat to publicly burn a copy of the Koran, Florida.

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