Monday, February 27, 2012

Suicide car bomber kills nine in Afghanistan airport blast

A suicide car bomber killed nine people after striking at the gates of an Afghan airport - in an attack insurgents said was revenge for U.S. troops burning copies of the Koran.

This morning's explosion outside Jalalabad Airport comes after six days of deadly protests in Afghanistan over the disposal of Islamic texts in a burn pit last week at a U.S. military base north of the capital.

American officials have called the incident a mistake and issued a series of apologies. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has also urged calm, saying that Afghans should not let the insurgents capitalise on their indignation to spark violence.

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