Saturday, April 2, 2011

Kills eight UN workers in Afghanistan

Mazar-i-Sharif .- Two of the eight foreign workers of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) killed during an uprising in Mazar-i-Sharif have been beheaded, as reported by the Afghan police. A demonstration against the threat of burning of a Quran by a radical pastor in Florida resulted in violence and the burning of the headquarters of the UNAMA in the region.

"Eight foreigners have been killed and two were beheaded," said a police spokesman in the province of Balkh, which is capital Mazar-i-Sharif, Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai. The demonstration, attended by hundreds of people, was called to protest the threat of burning of a Quran by Terry Jones, pastor of some 30 people in an evangelical church in Gainesville, Florida.

Jones announced in September last year, but ultimately did not burn the Muslim holy book, it provoked a bitter international controversy. The demonstrators threw stones at the building, but the protest was radicalized and finally took and burned the headquarters of the UNAMA. A UN spokesman has confirmed that there have been several deaths in the UN mission in Mazar-i-Sharif but he did not provide further details.

Spain has 1,477 soldiers and civil guards in Afghanistan, deployed in Kabul, Herat, Qala-i-Naw and Mazar-i-Sharif, in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), NATO's mission in the country Central Asian. However, in principle there is no Spanish personnel of UNAMA Mazar-i-Sharif, so that there would be Spanish among the victims.

Offender manifestantesEl shielded from Afghan provincial governor of Balkh, Ata Mohamad Noor, has alleged that the perpetrators of the attack against UN staff were served the people demonstrating against the burning of the Koran in the United States to hide.

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