Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the 2011 attack on the UN in Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif that killed a Norwegian military advisor was due to pressure from the US, reports suggest.
2,000 men began protesting against American pastor Terry Jones on 1 April after he set fire to the Quran.
It was believed that the protesters would go to the US consulate, but the UN building was stormed instead. The attack left Colonel Siri Skare and six other employees dead.
The Norwegian military held a ceremony mourning the loss of Siri Skare, Norway’s first female military pilot. Two of the UN personnel were beheaded and parts of the facility were burned.
NRK, who has seen a classified report from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs an aired a programme about it, Tuesday, alleges the contents show that US security personnel would have moved protesters at any cost.
The Swedish report criticises America for putting its interests first and not thinking about the consequences their actions would have on civilians and other countries, according to the broadcaster.
US authorities in Afghanistan have not responded to NRK’s requests regarding the claims made in the report.
Norwegian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ragnhild Imerslund says they have asked their Swedish counterparts to see the report.
“The Foreign Ministry will investigate the allegations that appeared in tonight's ‘Brennpunkt’ documentary and whether it provides a basis for further follow-up,” said FM Jonas Gahr Støre.
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