(WASHINGTON POST) At least nine Afghans were killed Friday during demonstrations that began four days ago, after U.S. military personnel burned a pile of Qurans, and spread across the country.

Six protesters and a police officer were killed in the western province of Herat when demonstrators tried to storm the U.S. Consulate, local officials said. At least one protester also was killed in Kabul as hundreds marched toward the presidential palace Friday afternoon, according to police, and another was killed in Baghlan province, north of the capital. At each demonstration, men shouted “Death to America” and demanded retribution.

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