Obama apologises for Koran burning
President Barack Obama has apologised to the Afghan people for the burning of Korans by American troops at a US base.
In a letter to President Hamid Karzai, Obama expressed his “deep regret” and said the incident earlier this week was a genuine mistake.
Demonstrations against the desecration have continued for a third day across northern and eastern Afghanistan.
Two US soldiers and two Afghans were killed in an attack on a military base. Elsewhere there were four other deaths.
Yesterday, another seven people were killed and dozens injured in protests.
Obama’s letter, delivered by the US ambassador to Afghanistan, assured the Afghan president that US authorities would question all those responsible.
“I convey my deep sympathies and ask you and the people to accept my deep apologies,” the letter said. (BBC)