Amok: Afghan mob kills at least 12 UN workers to protest Koran burning 

WHAT: Stirred up by coordinated sermons at mosques throughout Mazar-e Sharif, northern Afghanistan’s largest city, a mob of thousands overran a United Nations compound and killed at least 12 people to protest a Florida pastor’s burning of a Koran on March 20.

HOW: Two Nepalese guards outside the UN compound were beheaded, and then the enraged mob took the guards’ weapons to storm the offices and murder occupants. It was Afghanistan’s deadliest attack against U.N. personnel.

WHY: Gainesville, Fla., pastor Terry Jones backed off from burning a Koran last September, but finally did it in front of a small crowd three Sundays ago. Since then, fiery protest demonstrations have increasingly spread across the Muslim world.

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