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Qu'ran burning cancelled - again

Following violent protests in Afghanistan the book burning is cancelled for the second time in 24 hours.

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Centre
Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Centre

UPDATE: 13.23

FOLLOWING VIOLENT SCENES outside a Nato base in Afghanistan the proposed burning of the Qu’ran by a Florida minister has been called off  - for the second time in 24 hours.

Pastor Terry Jones had planned to burn 200 copies of the Islamic holy book to mark the anniversary of the 11 September attacks and to protest against the proposed building of an Islamic Centre in Manhattan.

A group of Afghan protesters assembled outside a Nato base to protest against the proposed book-burning. Violent scenes led to reports that one protester had been killed, but Badakhshan police chief General Agha Noor Kemtuz later said this was false.

On Thursday, accompanied by Imam Muhammad Musri, head of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, pastor Terry Jones said that he is flying to New York in order to discuss the possibility of relocating the Manhattan Islamic Centre with Imam Feisal Abul Rauf.

However, Rauf has said: “I am glad Pastor Jones has decided not to burn any Qu’rans. However, I have not spoken to him or Imam Musri. I am surprised by their announcement”.

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