1 Dead, 5 Hurt in Afghan Protests Against Karzai, US

Police 'warning shots' hit crowd of protesters
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2010 4:30 AM CDT
Updated Sep 15, 2010 10:05 AM CDT
1 Dead, 5 Hurt in Afghan Protests Against Karzai, US
The aftermath of Terry Jones.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Afghan police today fired into a crowd of rock-hurling anti-American demonstrators chanting "Death to America," "Death to Christians," and "Death to Karzai" in Kabul today. One was killed and at least five injured, two from gunshots. The US Koran-burning controversy has stirred days of outrage and protests among millions of Muslims and others worldwide, notes the AP; today's protests were the largest so far, Reuters adds.

Afghan police say the Taliban are using this anger to fuel anti-government sentiment ahead of elections next week. "There are more than 10,000 of the demonstrators and some of them are waving the Taliban flag," says one officer.
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