KABUL, Afghanistan — At least four people have been killed and 70 injured in violent protests in Jalalabad over reports U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base desecrated copies of the Quran during questioning of prisoners held there.
The trouble started as thousands of demonstrators marched Wednesday through the streets of Jalalabad, in the eastern part of the country, officials and eyewitnesses said.
Afghan’s interior ministry reported police fired at the crowds when they began to attack government buildings.
A witness told CNN that police as well as U.S. troops fired into the air to keep the crowds under control.
Thirteen people were arrested, the interior ministry said.
A group of protesters attacked the governor’s house and the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, according to a Pakistani foreign ministry official, but no one was injured.
An Afghan official in Jalalabad said the crowd also attacked U.S. Army vehicles, and U.S. soldiers fired into the air before leaving the area.
Rallies were also held in several cities in neighboring Pakistan, where the religious party alliance MMA announced plans to mount a countrywide protest against the United States Friday…