Soldier wounded in Afghan clash

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A Norwegian soldier was wounded after demonstrators outside the Norwegian military camp at Meymaneh in Afghanistan threw a hand grenade into the camp.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the incident occurred when between 150 and 200 persons demonstrated to protest the burning of the Koran at the US military camp in Bagram earlier this week.

A Norwegian military spokesman said the Afghan police didn’t manage to stop the demonstrators before they reached the gates of the camp. The angry demonstrators threw rocks and set fire to a vehicle outside the camp.

The extent of the soldier’s injuries wasn’t immediately available, but were not believed to be life-threatening.

The burning of the Koran has sparked demonstrations all over Afghanistan that may escalate after prayers on Friday. “It’s normal that such demonstrations come in connection with Friday prayers, so we’re prepared for that,” information officer Ivar Moen told NRK.

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