UN Security Council to meet on deadly attack on UN Afghan mission

08:46, April 02, 2011      

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The UN Security Council is set to meet behind closed doors late on Friday to discuss the deadly attack on the UN mission in northern Afghanistan, in which three international staff and four guards were confirmed dead, diplomats told Xinhua here.

The Security Council has scheduled closed consultations at 5 p. m. EDT (2100 GMT) on Friday, the diplomats said.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq also confirmed the Council's consultations on Afghanistan.

Earlier on Friday, Haq told reporters that three international staff and four guards were confirmed killed in an attack in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif following a protest demonstration against the reported burning of Muslim holy book Koran by a U.S. pastor in a Florida church a couple of days ago.

Demonstrators stormed the UN mission on Friday, opening fire on guards and setting fire inside the compound after reports that a Florida pastor burned a copy of the Muslim holy book.

A spokesman for Balkh province, Munir Ahmad Farhad, said several hundred demonstrators were peacefully protesting the purported burning when the gathering suddenly turned violent.

Afghanistan had condemned the burning as a "disrespectful and abhorrent" action, saying that the move would incite tension between religions.

Source: Xinhua
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