Seven US soldiers hurt in attack on Nato base

Seven US military trainers were wounded on Sunday when a grenade was thrown at their base in northern Afghanistan, police said, as anti-Western fury deepened over the burning of the Quran at a Nato base.

Despite an apology from US President Barack Obama, riots raged across the country for a sixth day on Sunday against the desecration of the Muslim holy book at a Nato air base at Bagram. Some protesters hoisted the white Taliban flag.

The Afghan Interior Ministry identified one of its employees as a suspect in the fatal shooting of two US officers in its headquarters a day earlier, an attack that prompted Nato to recall its staff from ministries.

One civilian was killed, 15 more were wounded and three policemen injured in riots near the Nato base in northern Kunduz province, where the blast that wounded the Americans took place, regional police chief Samihullah Qatra told reporters.

Nato confirmed there had been an explosion outside one of its bases in northern Afghanistan, but declined to comment on casualties.

The protests have killed 30 people and wounded 200, including two other US troops who were shot dead by an Afghan soldier who joined rallies in the country’s east.

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