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Two policemen have been killed and thirty people wounded in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, as protests continue against the burning of the Koran by a radical American pastor last month.

The commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, and U.S Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, have met the Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss the matter.

General Petraeus said, “we condemn the action of an individual in the United States who burned a Holy Koran. That action was hateful, it was intolerant and it was extremely disrespectful”.

Karzai has called on the U.S Congress to condemn the burning of the Koran and prevent it from happening again.

Demonstrations also took place on Sunday in Kabul, Herat, Jalalabad and Tahar.

They are the latest in a series of protests that have now claimed over 20 lives including seven UN workers who were killed on Friday in Mazar-i-Sharif in the north of the country. Their coffins have now been flown to Kabul.