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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Afghan Anti-U.S. Protests Kill

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Demonstrations spread in Afghanistan on Thursday over a report that U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had desecrated the Koran, and one protester was killed and four others wounded in a blast, officials said.

Several hundred students shouting "Death to America" held a peaceful protest outside Kabul University, but in other areas of the country, demonstrations turned violent, a day after four people were killed and 70 wounded in riots in Jalalabad.

Protesters attacked police posts and government offices in a district of Wardak province, southwest of Kabul, and an ammunition store was torched, an official said.

Newsweek magazine said in a recent edition that investigators probing abuses at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay had found interrogators "had placed Korans on toilets, and in at least one case flushed a holy book down the toilet."

Protests over the report began in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday. The following day police opened fire on crowds after government offices were set on fire, shops looted and UN buildings and diplomatic missions attacked.

On Thursday, angry villagers, some armed, confronted police in a district southwest of Jalalabad, witnesses said.

The United States has sought to defuse the anger over the Koran report by emphasizing its own outrage and promising that the allegation would be investigated.