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Nato has withdrawn all its personnel from Afghan ministries after two senior officers were shot dead in the interior ministry building in Kabul.

Nato said an "individual" had turned his gun on the officers, believed to be an American colonel and major, and had not yet been identified or caught.

Nato commander Gen John Allen condemned the attack as "cowardly".

The shootings come amid five days of deadly protests over the burning of copies of the Koran by US soldiers.

The interior ministry was put in lock-down after the shootings, officials said.

The BBC's Orla Guerin in Kabul says eight shots were reported inside the building, which should be one of the safest in the capital, and that any Afghan who carried out the attack would have had the highest clearance.

Local media reports said the gunman was an Afghan policeman but this has not been confirmed.

The reports suggest the incident followed a "verbal clash".

Gen Allen said he condemned the attack, adding: "We will pursue all leads to find the person responsible. The perpetrator of this attack is a coward whose actions will not go unanswered."

He said: "For obvious force protection reasons, I have also taken immediate measures to recall all other Isaf personnel working in ministries in and around Kabul."

But Gen Allen added: "We are committed to our partnership with the government of Afghanistan to reach our common goal of a peaceful, stable and secure Afghanistan in the near future."

Isaf spokesman Brig Gen Carsten Jacobson said that Nato could not yet reveal the identity of those killed.

He also said: "We cannot confirm where the killer came from, what his nationality was, whether he was in uniform or not, all these questions are not known."

Early reports suggest the two officers were shot in the ministry's command and control centre.

The BBC's Bilal Sarwary in Kabul says this is where representatives of 34 provinces meet to plan security.

He quotes sources as saying that Interior Minister Bismullah Khan was having a meeting with senior Western officials elsewhere in the building when the shooting took place.

The Taliban said in a website statement that it carried out the attack in response to the Koran burnings.

But Gen Jacobson would not be drawn on any link to the protests.

He said: "We have seen an emotional week, we have seen a busy week - but it would be too early to say this incident was linked."

He added: "It is very regretful to see the loss of life again on this day, and that includes the loss of life that we have seen around demonstrations."

Angry protests over the burning of the Korans continued on Saturday, with a UN compound in the city of Kunduz set alight.

Four people were killed and dozens injured in clashes in the city, according to local doctors. Three more people were killed in the southern province of Logar.

The governor's house in Laghman province also came under attack on Saturday and there were demonstrations in Paktia, Nangarhar and Sari Pul provinces.

Nearly 30 people have died since the protests began on Tuesday.

US personnel apparently inadvertently put the books into a rubbish incinerator at Bagram air base, near Kabul.

US President Barack Obama has apologised for the Koran-burning incident.

In a letter to his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, Mr Obama said the books had been "unintentionally mishandled".

Muslims consider the Koran the literal word of God and treat each book with deep reverence.----

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17165410

 
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Added: Feb-25-2012 Occurred On: Feb-25-2012
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  • if you keep looking into the story you will learn that the qurans burned had been used by extremeist prisoners who wrote in the books to communicate with each other(any jail in the world would have done the same, if bible were burned no one would say anything).... after so much help, money and force to keep dictators out they still hate us over four books, the soldier is stupid to have let it get out into public. i would vote to pull out and leave them there with there taliban tyrants and see More..

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  • These savages are fucking crazy! Pull out everyone and let them be crazy by themselves.

    What the hell is a North Atlantic Treaty! Organization doing in land locked country half a world away from the Atlantic?

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  • Fuck apologies. It is time for revenge against these pigs.

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    • @Kafirindareelharb

      Revenge? I thought that's what these two shootings were for already.

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    • @mphatik

      For burning a book... It was "revenge" for burning a book. Let me repeat that one more time for posterity. It was "revenge" because a fucking book was burned!

      Where does that fall under the code of Pashtunwali?

      You realize how asinine that is right? People were killed because a book was burned!

      It is a sad state of affairs and seriously twisted when people are killed when a book gets burned and those same people that are claiming "revenge" see this bo More..

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    • @Kafirindareelharb

      No my friend, they were not killed because a BOOK was burned. It's not the physical aspect of it, but it has a lot to do with respect, which the United States lacks wherever it marches off too. If you call yourself my brother and we're fighting side by side and you spit on my religion blatantly and without measure that's not going to inspire me. It would actually probably turn a more "extreme" and I use that word lightly religious Muslim man into rage.

      I find More..

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    • @mphatik

      You mention a "lack of respect". These idiots that are killing in the name of god show a complete lack of respect for the civilized world in general. What about the lack of respect that the talibs exhibit for other cultures/religions? They burn bibles and kill Christian/non Muslims (destroyed the Bamiyan statues). You don't see riots and revenge attacks because of it.

      No matter how you paint it, in the end, this all occurred because a religious text was burned. They said it More..

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  • funny they dont riot about Assad Killing the moslimb innocents but over a shitty book being used as secret messages and it wasn't even burnt ffs the afghan rubbish pickers pulled them, out before it even happened.

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  • Going to shit very quickly now...there's nothing to be had in that desolate country, time to call it quits

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  • Fuck Afghanistan, Fuck Mustafa, Fuck Muslims, and Fuck Islam. Clearly, the western society cannot do anything anyways to not offend this ridiculus religion. Let's stop trying to appease these fanatics.

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    • @Afghanistan2012 Lol, you forget all of your own people the Taliban kill everyday? Yea, your land sucks, and your people suck, no wonder all they can do is hate. You live in a shitty place!

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    • @Texasguy817
      fuck you and fuck texas too you cowboy redneck scumbag.

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    • @johnj78 You outta be ashamed to even claim that you're American. Please leave my country and go to Afghanistan then you liberal trash.

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  • I've said it once and I'll say it again. You've got to educate the troops prior to invading another persons country. You have to educate them on the enemy troops, their culture and religion. Once these are respected, you can win the "civilian population". ISAF just screwing it up and killing themselves.

    You don't disrespect another persons religion like this, especially in his home.

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  • Leave these Neanderthal throw backs to their own devices, they’ll be slaughtering each other within a week, and that’s a good thing.

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  • most of the people protesting can't remember what the taliban did to the people while they were in power, or they are taliban. Either way they will be the losers in the end, whether we wipe them out or they get control of a desolate shit hole of their creating if we decide to leave.

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    • @reggie001

      Most people cant remember how America supplied Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks that taught jihad or how Reagan had the 'insurgents' that became the Taliban over for tea at the white house.

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    • @loweyes Our problem was never with the Taliban. We only went to war with them because they refused to yield to our demands that they stop helping terrorists. Had they complied, they would still be chopping heads in every Afghan city today and we would ignore it just like we had done all along. Hell, we still talk about negotiating with them from time to time. We can't stay forever and they aren't going anywhere.

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  • fuck these backward people living in a fucked mohammidian world

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    • @Afghanistan2012 my people the Anglo Saxons were Christians before you prophet came out of the desert and we were building churches before any of your mosques we have a history and a culture long before yours and before you say we were crusaders the Normans were crusaders and it took european Russian slave Muslim converts soldiers to defeat the crusaders ahahahah

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    • @Afghanistan2012: So name your glorious advanced civilization, Persia, Greece, Rome? NOPE all NON MUSLIM!

      Muslims are stuck in the days of the Neanderthal.

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    • @Moore Slayer
      Andalusia Ottoman. when the muslim world was flourishing Europe lived in the dark ages.you are extremely uneducated

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    • @johnj78: You have a very strange timeline, the Greeks predate Islam, Rome predates Islam, Egypt predates Islam. Would you like for me to quote Herodotus? Let me guess, never heard of him.

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  • Seriously you don't see muslims burning the bible..

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  • Maybe this will drive the message across.
    PS: "unintentionally mishandled" can you get a little more euphemistic Mr Presdent?

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  • "But Gen Allen added: "We are committed to our partnership with the government of Afghanistan to reach our common goal of a peaceful, stable and secure Afghanistan in the near future."



    Yeah right,it's never going to happen,ever.

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  • what a bunch of pussies

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  • The only answer here is to burn all the korans around the entire world.

    Treat muslims as you would treat a misbehaving child.

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  • let those dirty goat fuckers rot in their own shit...dirty muzzlim subhuman scum

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  • NATO , wasting their time with these animals.

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  • Second time they go ape shit...

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    Persons who are committing hostile acts.

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    **Positive Identification (PID) is required prior to any engagement.

    You must be reasonably certain that your target is the source of the threat.

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  • They need a new plague whose only cure is bacon grease lol

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  • soon thier towm squares will be packed with the populations heads on the chopping block again,,if thats what they want screw em, stuck on stupid

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    • @Afghanistan2012
      I don't think anybody is running soon Raggy,..
      America is still ravaging your poppy industry,and weed crops,and has a bunch of raw materials to mine yet,.

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    • @SharkGuy LOL, your lack of understanding of what is happening is so little, but not surprising. Before the US went to afghanistan the poppy etc level was 0, since it is at 100% capacity, fact!

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  • nato is done

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