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Afghanistan Quran-Burning Protests Turn Violent

First Posted: 09/10/10 11:35 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:35 PM ET

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Thousands of Afghans are protesting a small American church's plan to burn the Muslim holy book. At least 11 people have been injured.

Police in the northern province of Badakhshan say several hundred demonstrators ran toward a NATO compound where four attackers and five police were injured in clashes. Protesters also burned an American flag at a mosque after Friday prayers.

In western Farah province, police said two people were injured in another protest. Police say initial reports that someone was killed were wrong.

The Rev. Terry Jones from the Dove Outreach Center in Florida triggered outrage when he promised to burn the Quran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

He canceled the plans Thursday but then said he was reconsidering.

Here is a round-up of reactions from around the world to Rev. Jones' proposed Quran burning.

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President Asif Ali Zardari warned that the burning would "inflame sentiments among Muslims throughout the world and cause irreparable damage to interfaith harmony and also to world peace."
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