ROD NORDLAND
The New York Times
September 17, 2010

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Two Afghans, at least one of them armed, were killed Thursday in another protest over a rumored burning of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, nearly a week after a pastor in Florida who had incited widespread outrage over his plans to incinerate Korans in a 9/11 memorial bonfire canceled those plans.

That brought to at least five the number of people killed in Afghanistan during protests about Koran burnings that in fact had not happened, in four separate attacks by demonstrators on NATO bases since Sept. 10. On Wednesday, 35 Afghan police officers were injured by stone-throwing demonstrators in Kabul, and 12 civilians were hurt, although no one died.

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Taliban agitators were present both in Kabul and in the Thursday protest, Afghan police officials said.

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