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Fresh doubt over Koran burning threat

Fresh doubt over Koran burning threat
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Despite having announced its cancellation, uncertainty continues to surround a US pastors threat to burn copies of the Koran.

Scheduled to coincide with this year’s 9/11 anniversary, pastor Terry Jones earlier announced he was calling off the event at his Florida church after insisting the group planning to build a Mosque near Ground Zero in New York, had agreed to relocate.

‘‘I have his word that he will move the mosque to a different location. The imam has agreed to move the mosque, we have agreed to cancel our event on Saturday,’‘ Pastor Terry Jones said.

But, fresh doubt has been cast on the so called ‘‘international burn a Koran day’‘ after the representatives of the Islamic cultural centre, due to be built near Ground Zero, said they had not agreed to move it.

The planned Mosque has divided the US. Many Americans remain furious about its proximity to the site of the 9/11 attacks.

But, the incineration threat has also caused international outrage and been condemned by a host of political, religious and military leaders.

President Barack Obama has warned the burning would be a “a recruitment bonanza” for al-Qaeda.