US President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned a US radical pastor’s burning of the Holy Quran, after violent protests at what he called an act of “extreme intolerance and bigotry” left 17 dead in Afghanistan, reports QNA.
According to QNA, Obama also reiterated his condemnation of the “outrageous” attacks by protesters as “an affront to human decency and dignity.”
“No religion tolerates the slaughter and beheading of innocent people, and there is no justification for such a dishonourable and deplorable act,” Obama added.
“The desecration of any holy text, including the Quran, is an act of extreme intolerance and bigotry,” Obama said in a statement honouring those killed in the attacks, according to QNA.
Ten people died amid fresh protests that began in the center of the main southern city of Kandahar and spread as police clashed with crowds on Saturday, a day after seven UN staff were killed in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. On Sunday the protests have continued with further reports of more persons dying.