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Afghan riots over Gitmo Koran desecration continue; 3 more dead

[JURIST] Riots in eastern Afghanistan [JURIST report] triggered by recent Newsweek-published reports of American desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo continued and spread Thursday, resulting in three more deaths [AFP report]. Rioting has now hit 10 Afghan provinces, including the capital Kabul, and has killed a total of 7 people while injuring 76 others. The US military has launched an investigation into the desecration reports [US Southern Command press release, PDF]; a US State Department [official website] spokesman stressed Wednesday in a press briefing [transcript] that "[d]esecration of religious texts and objects is repugnant to common values and an anathema to the American people." VOA has more.

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