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Friday, April 1, 2011

Two U.N Staff Beheaded In Afghanistan

At least eight U.N. workers were killed, two of which were beheaded on Friday in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif after a demonstration against the burning of Koran's by a U.S. preacher.

Over a thousand protesters had flooded into the streets of the  city after Friday prayers. After a  few  hours violence broke out.

A small group attacked the U.N. compound, throwing stones and climbing on blast barriers to try and enter.
A police source, who declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak to the media, said protesters had stormed into the compound where they attacked the victims.
The chief of the mission in the city was wounded but did survive  The dead included employees of Norwegian, Romanian and Swedish nationalities, he added.

A United Nations spokesman confirmed that there had been personnel  deaths at the mission in Mazar-i-Sharif but declined to give further details, saying the situation on the ground was still confusing.

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