At least 6 people were killed and around 30 others were injured in fresh violence by angry protesters in Afghanistan.

A large number of demonstrators in Afghanistan protested against the NATO troops in Afghanistan for desecration of Holy Quran in Bagram air base.

Dozens of Afghans in capital Kabul, northern Parwan province, eastern Logar and Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan demonstrated against the US troops and burnt tires.

A spokesman for Afghan Interior Affairs Ministry Sediq Sediqi said, at least 1 person was killed in capital Kabul, 1killed in Jalalabad city, 1 in Logar and 3 others were killed in northern Parwan province.

Mr. Sediqi further added, at least 30 others including 3 Afghan police service members were injured.

This comes as reports on Tuesday suggested that US troops burnt a number of religious books including the Holy Quran in Bagram air base.

Thousands of Afghans following the broadcast of the news gathered near the Bagram air base and started throwing stones at the base.

A number of the protesters displayed burnt parts of the Holy Quran which was reportedly put on fire by international coalition security forces.

NATO officials did not confirm the burning of Holy Quran however reports suggesting the throwing of Holy Quran out of Bagram air base has been confirmed.

The Holy Quran was thrown out of the air base along with the other unnecessary documents, which was noted by the Afghan labors who are working in the base.

The second day of the protest was started with much more violence where the protesters started hitting the Afghan security forces with the stones where air shots were fired to control the violence.

According to reports, a number of the protesters were shouting in the favour of the Taliban group where the protesters also attacked at least two vehicles belonging to NATO troops and United Nations Organization in eastern parts of capital Kabul.

The protesters also blocked the main highway which connects capital Kabul with the eastern regions of the country.

In the meantime Afghan House of Representatives also condemned the desecration of Holy Quran where the Afghan parliament members postponed their session regarding the past year’s budget and started a separate session to assess the incident which took place on Tuesday.

Afghan House of Representatives following a statement urged to find out those involved behind the burning of Holy Quran and should be tried for their crime.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai also ordered to form a commission in order to further investigate the desecration of Holy Quran in Bagram air base and provide the Afghan presidential palace with their findings.

US Defense Secretary and NATO commander in Afghanistan apologized the Afghan people for the desecration of Holy Quran.

NATO commander in Afghanistan emphasized that the action was not taken intentionally and vowed to launch a probe to find out the facts.

A spokesman for NATO Carsten Jacobson said, the action was mistakenly taken by US soldiers.

He said, the local workers recognized Holy Quran which were taken out among the trash and prevented from further violence.

He also said, this was a mistake and NATO is currently investigating to find out how the mistake took place.

Afghans are most sensitive regarding the violation of religious values specifically by foreigners. At least 10 employees of United Nation were killed and dozens of others were injured by angry protesters in northern Mazar-e-Sharif city.

The demonstrations were held in reaction to an American priest decision in Florida to burn the Holy Quran.

However the Taliban militants in a number of cases struggle to use Afghans against the NATO troops by broadcasting reports suggesting the violation of religious values.

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.