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Remember the Florida pastor who was going to burn the Koran? Well Terry Jones went ahead and burned the Koran on video last month.
And now the backlash.
Hundreds of demonstrators attacked the UN compound in Afghanistan and killed up to 20 people, including foreign and local staff and Gurkha soldiers, according to Reuters. Two UN workers were beheaded.
The protest occurred as a reaction to the Koran burning, police tell the New York Times:
The attack began when hundreds of demonstrators, some of them armed, poured out of mosques after Friday Prayer and headed to the headquarters of the United Nations in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. They disarmed the guards and overran the compound, according to Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, spokesman for Gen. Daoud Daoud, the Afghan National Police commander for northern Afghanistan...
Mr. Ahmadzai, the police spokesman, said the crowd was angry about the burning of the Koran after a mock trial overseen by Pastor Terry Jones on Mar. 20.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called it "an outrageous and cowardly attack."