12 killed in protest at UN office

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The Independent Online

Eight foreigners and four Afghan protesters have been killed when a demonstration against the burning of a Quran turned violent.

Afghan officials say about 2,000 people peacefully gathered outside the U.N. office in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, but then some protesters grabbed weapons from the U.N. guards and opened fire on the police, then stormed the building. Black smoke billowed from the building.

Gen. Daud Daud, commander of Afghan National Police in the north, says five Nepalese guards were among those killed.

Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary says four protesters also were killed.