Kabul, U.S. military commander in Aghanistan, Gen. John R. Allen, officially apologized for the report of the burning of Al-Quran by NATO troops. “We immediately investigated the reports,” said Allen, who represent NATO, on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.
Allen ordered an investigation in depth. Al Quran burning incident sparked protests in the city of Bagram, near Kabul, Afghanistan.
According to news agency Reuters, Tuesday, February 21, 2012, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), General John R Allen, admitted his men in the United States military base at Bagram, north of Kabul, has been burned a lot of Islamic teaching materials, including the holy book.
Knowing it, NATO immediately intervened and stopped him. Allen did not mention the details of the event. But a spokesman for local government, Roshna Khalid, said that the Koran was burned at the base. This is based on the testimony of the workers.
Literature that were rescued have been submitted to the local religious authorities. Allen apologized for the incident
The police report said, 3,000 people gathered to protest the events that hurt the Muslims. Some demonstrators tried to talk with NATO officials. Meanwhile, others are burning by the roadside
The demonstrators chanted the phrase “Allahu Akbar”.
Afghanistan Ministry spokesman, said Sidiq Sidiqqi the delivery of aid to anticipate that violence is not widespread. Troops were also deployed to prevent violence.
Other protests occurred in the city of Kabul, not far from the center of NATO bases. Protesters numbering about 500 people.
“I apologized for the incident that occurred, to the President of Afghanistan, the government of Afghanistan, and most importantly, to the noble people of Afghanistan,” said Allen.
He also said that the current investigation has been done related to the event. “We will ensure this event will not happen again. We guarantee, we promise. Incident was not intentional,” said Allen.
Allen also addressed an apology to the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai and his government. On April 2011, one person was killed and 18 others were injured in protests in Afghanistan over Koran burning incident that occurred in the United States.