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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 February 2006, 11:47 GMT
Afghans hold anti-Danish protests
Pakistani protesters burn the Danish flag in Lahore
There have been protests in neighbouring Pakistan
Hundreds of people have been demonstrating in Afghanistan over the publication in European newspapers of cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad.

The protesters marched in the eastern city of Mihtarlam, in Laghman province, shouting slogans against Denmark where the cartoons were first published.

One official said more than 800 people took part in the protest.

Islamic tradition bans depictions of the Prophet and the publication has enraged Muslims worldwide.

Laghman governor Sher Mohammed Safi told the Associated Press news agency the protesters burned a Danish flag and demanded that the editors of the newspaper that first published the cartoons be prosecuted for blasphemy.

Mihtarlam city is about 100km (60 miles) east of the capital, Kabul.

Hundreds of people marched in a similar demonstration in the northern Kunduz province on Saturday, AFP news agency quoted unnamed police officials as saying.

Call for calm

The demonstrators shouted "Death to Denmark" and "Death to US and Israel", reports said.

Noisy protests have also taken place in neighbouring Pakistan.

But a call by hardline Islamic parties for nationwide protests has been largely ignored.

One of the cartoons shows the Prophet wearing a headdress shaped like a bomb, while another shows him saying that paradise is running short of virgins for suicide bombers.

The cartoons originated in Denmark's Jyllands-Posten paper and have been reprinted in newspapers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain - all saying they were exercising their right to free speech.

Jyllands-Posten has apologised for causing offence to Muslims, although it maintains it was legal under Danish law to print the cartoons.




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