[UPDATE] 12 Killed in Afghanistan After Protests on Reported Quran Burning


[UPDATE] 4-1 2:03pm - WASHINGTON (AP) --

President Barack Obama is condemning the attack on a United Nations office in northern Afghanistan Friday.

In a statement, Obama offered his condolences to those injured
and killed, as well as their families. At least eight foreigners
and four Afghan protesters were killed when a demonstration outside
the office turned violent.

The demonstrators were protesting a reported burning of the
Muslim holy book.

Obama thanked the United Nations officials, including Afghan
staff, for the work they undertake in support of the Afghan people.
He said their work is essential to building a stronger Afghanistan.


(CNN) -- At least 12 people were killed Friday in an attack on a United Nations building in Afghanistan that followed a demonstration against the reported burning of a Quran in Florida this month, authorities and a U.N. source with knowledge of the events said.

Eight workers for the U.N. and four Afghans were killed, said Abdul Rauof Taj, security director of Bulkh province. At least 24 people were injured, he said.

The attack followed a demonstration against the reported burning of a Quran this month by Florida pastor Terry Jones, who gained international attention last year with his plans to burn a Quran, the U.N. source with knowledge of events said.

Jones is the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. He canceled plans to burn a Quran last year, on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Last month, however, with far less attention than he attracted last year, Jones reportedly burned Islam's holy book.

The church says on its website that it "put the Koran on trial. The event is over, the Koran was found guilty and a copy was burned inside the building."

The attack on Friday happened at the operations center of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in Mazar-e Sharif, said Dan McNorton, a U.N. spokesman.

"The situation is still confusing and we are currently working to ascertain all the facts and take care of all our staff," he said.

Initial indications are that knives and small arms were used in the attack, according to a U.N. spokesman who declined to be named.

The United Nations' special representative to Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, was on his way to Mazar-e Sharif to assess the situation, McNorton said.


Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida makes a statement.

"In regard to the riots that have just taken place in Afghanistan at the UN headquarters, the actions of breaking in, setting on fire, and killing of at least 10 individuals so far is highly unacceptable for the government of the United States."

"We, at Stand Up America Now, find this a very tragic and criminal action. The United States government and the United Nations itself, must take immediate action. We must hold these countries and people accountable for what they have done as well as for any excuses they may use to promote their terrorist activities. The time has come to hold Islam accountable."

"Our United States government and our President must take a close, realistic look at the radical element Islam. Islam is not a religion of peace. It is time that we call these people to accountability. We demand that our United States government stand up and speak out against these acts. These people must be called to justice."

"We demand action from the United Nations. Muslim dominated countries can no longer be allowed to spread their hate against Christians and minorities. They must alter the laws that govern their countries to allow for individual freedoms and rights, such as the right to worship, free speech, and to move freely without fear of being attacked or killed."

- Dr. Terry Jones

Dove World Outreach Center website on "Judge the Quran" Day: http://www.standupamericanow.org/judge

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  • by anon Location: tally on Apr 2, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    Regardless of what Jones thinks or what he does, that is not a valid or sane reason to kill people. This should tell the Government and other people what kind of extremist group we are dealing with. People who kill others because a book was burned really have mental issues (whether they are brainwashed, etc). Other "religious" books have been destroyed without this type of retaliation. Do not pin this foolishness on Jones. Blame it on the extremist groups. Jones does not need to apologize for anything. Wake up people!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2011 at 05:54 PM
    If you buy a book and burn it then it was your property to dispose of it as you wish. The US Army, Pakistan, Iran and other areas of the Middle East have all burned the bible. Various countries have jailed and killed Christians. Yet, you only hear about this one extremist in this country acting out. Murdering another human being for their philosophical differences is what is most important. Pastor Jones is not accountable for what transpired in Afghanistan. There are people in Afghanistan who support this country and would do anything they could to help. Then like every other country in the world there are these murders who act upon their anger and take a human life. These are the people that must accept responsibility for their actions. Not a book or a man in Florida.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    Burning a book, or a thousand books, is no excuse to murder 12 people who had nothing to do with the incident.
  • by William Location: San Diego on Apr 1, 2011 at 05:28 PM
    Pastor Jones need to go and explain to the people his point of view and let them know their understanding was taken out of text, that should shut them up.
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on Apr 1, 2011 at 05:26 PM
    Jones and his flock may be idiots. But why is there no mention of the Muslims in NYC that shout "death to America" on the sidewalk and burn American flags every day? If the Muslims, anywhere in the world, can burn our flag then we should be able to burn their terrorist manual whenever we want.
  • by Tim Location: Jennings on Apr 1, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    Anyone who will murder someone who disagrees with there religious beliefs, doesn't matter if you burn the quran, needs there religious beliefs and there head examined. ANY RELIGION THAT TEACHES KILLING LIKE THIS SHOULD BE BANNED!!!!!!!!!!!! People have a right to disagree with your religious beliefs, even if there wrong.
  • by Joey Location: Tallahassee on Apr 1, 2011 at 02:13 PM
    Burning anybook, well maybe Mein Kamph (sp?), is stupid. Why did this idiot burn a book, this is not a church.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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      by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2011 at 04:43 PM in reply to
      I don't know about all that, but those people are crazy over there!
  • by Nicole Location: Tally on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    Pastor Jones is an idiot and burning the Quran didn't represent anything. I would not even think about joining a church with a moron at the helm.
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