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Norwegian UN personnel killed in Afghan attack. Rioters have killed at least eight foreigners including one Norwegian in an attack on a UN compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. According to local police, thousands of angry demonstrators gathered outside the UN building after Friday prayers to protest at US Christian pastor Terry Jones’ burning of the Koran almost two weeks ago in Florida. In what is believed to be the deadliest assault on the UN in Afghanistan ever, attackers beheaded two employees and burnt parts of the facility.

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Norwegian UN personnel killed in Afghan attack

Published on Friday, 1st April, 2011 at 20:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 3rd April 2011 at 22:14.

Rioters have killed at least eight foreigners including one Norwegian in an attack on a UN compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan.

Attack on UN building, Mazar-i-Sharif
Attack on UN building, Mazar-i-Sharif
Photo: UNAMA/Flickr


According to local police, thousands of angry demonstrators gathered outside the UN building after Friday prayers to protest at US Christian pastor Terry Jones’ burning of the Koran almost two weeks ago in Florida.

In what is believed to be the deadliest assault on the UN in Afghanistan ever, attackers beheaded two employees and burnt parts of the facility.

Northern Afghanistan police spokesperson Mohammad Ahmadzai tells Reuters the assailants also toppled a guard tower after climbing up blast walls.

“We can confirm one of our personnel has been killed but are giving no further details regarding the victim’s identity or rank for now out of consideration for the family,” John Espen Lien, on duty military press officer at Norway’s National Joint Headquarters (FOHK), tells The Foreigner.

AFP reports the Taliban has claimed responsibility for today’s attack.



Published on Friday, 1st April, 2011 at 20:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 3rd April 2011 at 22:14.

This post has the following tags: mazar-i-sharif, talibanattack, un, deadnorwegiansoldier, terryjoneskoranburning.





  
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