Police arrest suspect in attack on UN mission in Afghanistan

Police have arrested a suspect in organizing a deadly attack on the UN mission in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, media quoted a top local police official as saying.

Rawof Taj, a deputy chief of the Balkh province’s police department, said the suspect, who was among more than 20 others detained over the incident, was a militant from the Kapisa province some 250 miles from the city.

On Friday, the UN mission in Afghanistan was thrown into a deep crisis after a furious mob killed eight of its staff and wounded 12 in Mazar-i-Sharif, usually one of the country’s most peaceful cities.

The accident followed a demonstration against a reported burning of a Quran copy by fundamentalist Pastor Terry Jones in the U.S. state of Florida on March 20.

Islam’s holy book was burnt in a small church after a “trial” found it guilty of a number of crimes. The burning was overseen by Jones, who gained worldwide notoriety last year after threatening to burn the book.


MOSCOW, April 2 (RIA Novosti)

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