Violent anti-US protest erupts in Afghan capital

Published: September 17, 2012

Gunmen from the crowd opened fire at police, but no one was hurt, police said. PHOTO: AFP

More than 1,000 Afghans staged a violent protest against a US-made film mocking the Prophet Mohammed in Kabul on Monday, setting fire to cars and shouting “Death to America”, police said.

The demonstration erupted on Jalalabad Road, home to NATO and US military bases in the eastern part of the Afghan capital, with two police cars among those set ablaze, Kabul police chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi told AFP.

Gunmen from the crowd opened fire at police, but no one was hurt, police said. “We have not shot back and we won’t,” Salangi said.

An AFP photographer said burning tyres sent thick black smoke streaming into the sky and large stones littered the road as shopkeepers in the area hurriedly locked up and ran away.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Jay Reams
    Sep 17, 2012 - 8:17PM

    This film (and the others like this which there are hundreds of on the web & u tube) are a good idea. It makes them kill each other. What a bunch of innocent fools. If people mock other religions nothing happens,and perps get bored of it. If you mock their religion, they FREAK OUT with a big reaction that makes people want to keep poking. It becomes fun to push their buttons. I’m sick of their flag burning and “death to America”. And we provide billions to them???? What are we doing? We can use that money for OUR people that love America and free speech. Recommend

  • jeff
    Sep 17, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Before the Muslims take to the street feeling offended by a “movie”, they should wonder if maybe the Islamic sects in northern Mali too felt offended by the destruction of their shrines; the Sufi’s for the bull-dozing of their mausoleums in Libya; or the Buddhists for the implosion of their statues in Afghanistan….all at the hands of Muslims…
    but I guess there was no need to protest that.Recommend

  • Paki
    Sep 21, 2012 - 9:27AM

    Incorrect reporting, video is not made by US! Should report more responsibily. I dont understand the idea that somehow USA is behind this video, as if US is one person(not that i approve protest regardless) yes these protests are retarded.


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