Koran-Burning Protests Still Raging

Protests flared across Afghanistan for a third day Sunday, as angry crowds continued to rail against Florida pastor Terry Jones’ Koran-burning stunt. Police in Kandahar fired into the violent crowd, killing three and bringing the total killed to 24—including seven U.N. workers. Police killed nine people and wounded 81 on Saturday, but were a bit more restrained Sunday, as protesters returned gunfire and set police checkpoints ablaze. There were also protests in other parts of the country, including Kabul, but they were mostly peaceful. Top American commander Gen. David Petraeus and a NATO representative to Afghanistan issued a joint statement condemning the Koran-burning. President Obama called the act “an act of extreme intolerance.”