More than 100 people have died in violence in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, where eyewitnesses say police are firing on crowds with automatic weapons.
A source in Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti on Sunday that the death toll had passed 100 in riots over the public burning of a Quran by a U.S.
pastor. Fighting is going on outside a government building and the city’s fifth district is littered with bodies.
Police say the protesters have been joined by Taliban militants. Eyewitnesses told RIA Novosti by telephone that police had opened fire on a crowd that tried to storm a UN office, located next to a government building.
“A machine gun is being fired, there are a lot of victims,” one person said.
Police in Kandahar said earlier in the day that they prevented an …