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Nine killed on second day of Afghan protests over Koran burning

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Nine killed on second day of Afghan protests over Koran burning

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At least nine people have been killed in a second day of demonstrations in Afghanistan over the burning of the Koran by an obscure US preacher.

The violence broke out in Kandahar when at least 150 men took to the streets to denounce the small Koran burning ceremony that took place last month.

On Friday seven UN staff were killed in northern Afghanistan, in Mazar-e-Sharif, the worst ever attack on the UN in Afghanistan.

The governor of Kandahar has blamed the Taliban for the latest violence, saying they organised the protest as an excuse to incite unrest.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, three insurgents wearing burqas have been killed as they attempted to attack a coalition military base in Kabul.

Officials say the insurgents died when they detonated their explosives or were shot by soldiers at the base.