Sunday, April 3, 2011

An angry mob from the burning of a Quran attacks the UN in Afghanistan

Several UN workers were killed Friday in an attack against the offices of this international organization in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, as confirmed by a spokesman WORLD United Nations, Kieran Dwyer , who, however, declined to detail the number of victims. "The situation is still very confusing," he argued.

After the initial confusion about the exact number of deaths have been confirmed to have died seven foreign UN employees, three employees and four Nepalese security guard. In addition, five Afghans have died. There are 20 other local injuries. The special representative of Secretary General of the United Nations in Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, has moved to Mazar-e-Sharif, given the gravity of the situation.

The secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, branded the attack "heinous and cowardly." Protesters stormed the UN offices protesting the burning of a Quran, which took place last March 20 in Florida, U.S.. The local media showed images of men with sticks and throwing stones against UN facilities, and shouting slogans against the foreign presence in Afghanistan.

The preacher Terry Jones had threatened to burn the Koran last year, but suspended its plans amid strong international condemnation. "Insurgents have taken advantage of the situation [prompted by the protest] to attack the United Nations compound," said the governor, Ata Mohammad Noo, in an appearance after the assault.

The UN has declared a state of 'white city', which means that none of its workers, or foreign or national, you can take to the streets for safety reasons. Grass Jones has issued a statement condemning the attack, not as a church leader Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville (Florida), but as leader of the 'Stand Up America Now', very critical of Islam.

"We at 'Stand Up America Now', we find it a very tragic and criminal action. The U.S. government and the United Nations itself must take action immediately." The pastor never mentioned the burning of the Koran, which could trigger the incident, or expressed any regret for the role they could play.

"We demand accountability from those countries and people for what they have done and for any excuse they can use to promote their terrorist activities. It is time for Islam are held accountable," said Jones, who repeated his usual stance that Islam "is not a religion of peace." In October 2009 the UN five foreigners were also killed in an attack on his residence in Kabul.

The attack triggered a stampede generalized: the UN evacuated most of its foreign staff, or moved to cities such as Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif, when considered safer than Kabul. In fact, Mazar-e-Sharif is believed to be a very peaceful town, where there had been attacks on foreigners.

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