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Protest at Afghan 'mosque raid'

Protests in Ghazni
The protests in the village of Dhi Khodaidad turned violent

There have been angry protests in the Afghan province of Ghazni at what locals say was a raid on a mosque by international forces.

A number of people were hurt when police clashed with protesters.

A Nato spokesman said there were no indications its troops were in the area on Thursday when the incident was said to have occurred.

Some reports say shots were fired in the mosque and also that a Koran in the building was damaged.


One protester told Associated Press he saw Polish forces at the mosque in the village of Dhi Khodaidad.

A Polish defence ministry spokesman told the news agency he had "no information at all about any kind of incident concerning Polish troops in Afghanistan".

Ghazni police chief Mohammad Zaman said that the protest turned violent as the crowd threw rocks at police who responded with gunfire.

He said the situation had now calmed down.

"We don't know if the Polish forces entered a mosque or not, but the protesters are claiming that," Mr Zaman said.

Afghanistan's southern provinces continue to be Taleban strongholds.

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