UN workers killed by Afghans over burning of a Qur'an in Florida
Saturday, April 2, 2011
An Afghan mob attacked a United Nations compound last Friday, killing seven UN workers and setting fire to the compound. The attack occurred after several hours of peaceful protests, broadcast online, over the burning of a by a Florida pastor.
The protest occurred in the northern Afghanistan city of and was in response to reports that controversial US pastor had instigated the burning of a Qur'an on March 20 by his colleague Wayne Sapp at the in .
Jones drew 9/11. At that time there were several protests in Afghanistan. Jones was persuaded not to carry out his plans, influenced by a phone call from Afghanistan commander who feared burning the Qur'an would result in the deaths of US military personnel.when he announced plans to burn Qur'ans on the anniversary of
Friday's attack occurred after several hours of protests by approximately 2000 demonstrators in front of the UN compound in Mazar-e-Sharif that was broadcast online. Demonstrators began to throw stones, tried to climb the compound walls, and then overwhelmed the UN guards positioned outside the compound, taking their weapons and shooting at Afghan police. They set parts of the compound on fire.
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- Mohammad Bashir. "Worst attack on U.N. in Afghanistan kills at least 7 staff" — , April 1, 2011
- Dean Nelson. "Seven killed in worst-ever attack on UN workers in Afghanistan" — , April 1, 2011