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Afghans angry over Quran burnings attack US base
Afghans demonstrators attack US base in eastern province in protest over Quran burnings
By The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ' Afghan police are firing shots into the air to disperse hundreds of protesters who are trying to break into an American military base in eastern Laghman province to vent their anger over this week's Quran burning incident.

The protesters are hurling rocks at the base in Mehterlam, the capital of Laghman, an Associated Press photographer at the scene said.

At least 2,000 people had gathered in the city of 100,000, and a few hundred approached the base to attack it. There were no immediate reports of injuries in Thursday's violence.

The Quran burnings at a U.S. base in Kabul has roiled Afghans. On Wednesday, clashes between Afghan troops and protesters in four eastern provinces killed at least seven people and wounded dozens.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ' Afghan officials say there have been peaceful demonstrations in three eastern provinces to vent anger over the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. military base.

Provincial officials and police said Thursday that more than 2,000 people turned out at the biggest demonstration in the capital of eastern Laghman province.

About 500 people protested in the Khoshi district of Logar province and the rally ended without incident. Hundreds also protested in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

On Wednesday, clashes between Afghan troops and protesters broke out, leaving at least seven people dead and dozens wounded.

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