September 17, 2012

September 17, 2012 3:57 AM PrintText Anti-U.S. protests linger after deadly weekend of "insider attacks" in Afghanistan

CBSNews | There were violence protests at a U.S. military outpost near the Afghan capital Monday after a weekend of bloodshed that left at least six American troops dead - four of them in the latest apparent "insider attack" by Afghan defense forces.

Kabul police chief Lt. Gen. Ayoub Salangi tells CBS News that about 1,000 demonstrators gathered in front of Camp Phoenix, a U.S. base on the outskirts of Kabul. The crowd, the latest rallying against an anti-Islamic movie apparently produced inside the U.S., chanted anti-U.S. slogans and began throwing stones at the U.S. base.

The air was thick with smoke on the Jalalabad road - a main thoroughfare into the city center where the crowd burned shipping containers and tires. Sirens wailed as fire engines rushed to the scene. At least one police vehicle was burned by the mob, according Daoud Amin, the Kabul provincial police chief.

Salangi says shots were fired by some members of the protest group, but that nobody was known to have been wounded by the gunfire. The police never opened fire, he says. Salangi says about 40 police officers received minor injuries in the stone throwing before the crowd dispersed.  (READ MORE)

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