US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has urged Muslims around the world to reject calls for violence from people enraged by media reports of alleged desecration of the Koran by US interrogators. Ms. Rice stressed disrespect for the Koran is abhorrent and will never be tolerated by the United States. She said the abuse allegations at Guantanamo prison are being fully investigated, and if proven true, the United States will take appropriate action.
Her statement came as anti-U.S. protests in several Afghan cities left three more people dead Thursday. On the third day of protests near the eastern city of Jalalabad, at least two people were killed when police fired on hundreds of angry villagers. In Wardak province south of Kabul, one person was killed when protesters set an ammunition depot on fire. Clashes between protesters and police in Jalalabad Wednesday killed at least five people.