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Afghans Lob Grenades at US Base, Clashes Continue

Karzai pleads for return to calm
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2012 10:54 AM CST

(Newser) – Protesters angry over Korans burned by American troops tossed grenades at a US base in northern Afghanistan and clashed with police and troops in a sixth day of violence that left seven international troops wounded and two Afghans dead. "Tensions are running very high here and I think we need to let things calm down, return to a more normal atmosphere, and then get on with business," said Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

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Afghan authorities have launched a manhunt for a driver they suspect in the killing of two US military advisers who were shot to death at an Afghan ministry a day earlier. International advisers working at Afghan ministries were recalled out of fears of another attack. In Kunduz province, thousands of demonstrators turned violent as they tried to enter the district's largest city, says a district administrator. Seven NATO troops were wounded and one protester was killed when troops fired out from the US base. Another demonstrator was killed by Afghan police. Afghan President Hamid Karzai today renewed his calls for peace, saying, "Now is the time to return to calm and not let our enemies use this situation." (Read more Afghanistan stories.)

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