Afghan police open fire on demonstrators


Sardar Ahmad
AFP
October 26, 2009

[efoods]Afghan police Monday opened fire and turned a water cannon on demonstrators angry about allegations that Western troops torched a Koran, wounding at least three people, officials and witnesses said.

Clashes erupted as police tried to prevent around 300 students, most of them men, from marching on parliament, the city’s criminal investigation police chief, Sayed Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada, told AFP.

The UN mission in Kabul responded with an appeal for calm with a run-off presidential election less than a fortnight away.

“Police fired at the crowd, one bullet hit me. I was closing my shop at the time,” Sherullah, an 18-year-old man who suffered a bullet wound to his hip, said from his hospital bed.

“They (policemen) were just firing. They were firing at the people,” he said.

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