September 10, 2010 / 10:40 AM / in 8 years

Afghan anti-U.S. protests grow in Kabul, five provinces

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KABUL, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Protests by thousands of angry Afghans over plans by an obscure U.S. church to burn copies of the Koran grew on Friday, with demonstrations spreading to the capital and at least five provinces, officials said.

Several hundred gathered in a northern district of Kabul, while about 2,000 marched on a government building in western Farah, officials and witnesses said. There were also protests in nearby Badghis in the northwest and Ghor and Herat in the west.

One protester was shot dead outside a German-run NATO base in northeastern Badakhshan, a government spokesman said. Several were wounded.

Reporting by Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by Paul Tait and Nick Macfie

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