Monday, May 29, 2006

Afghan riots

Riots and gunfire broke out in the Afghan capital on Monday with people feared dead in violent demonstrations that erupted after US troops shot dead at least four civilians, witnesses said.

Several volleys of gunfire over about two hours were heard near the diplomatic quarter as around 1,000 people marched toward the US embassy chanting "Death to America" and "Death to [President Hamid] Karzai", an AFP reporter said.

Mohammad Shoib, an eyewitness, said that he had seen Afghan soldiers shoot dead two rioters trying to break through a police cordon and move into an area that includes the presidential palace and UN offices.

Troops apparently opened fire into the air to stop the demonstrators but later shot into the crowd, he said.

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