Embassies in Iran, NATO camp in Afghanistan attacked
For a second day in a row, islamists have attacked the Danish embassy, trying to set in on fire with molotov cocktails. Kept at a distance by police, they only managed to hit a janitorial building, though. Later in the day, the Norwegian embassy was also hit. Though windows were smashed by stone-throwers, as with the Danish embassy, police managed to keep them at a distance so their molotov-kocktails didnt do any appreciable damage.
In Afghanistan, on the other hand, Norwegian NATO-forces have come under attack by armed demonstrators, with 4 of the latter shot dead when Afghan police opened fire:
Afghan police have shot and killed four of the protesters who attacked the Norwegian-led SAF-camp in Maimana in northwestern Afghanistan, according to an afghan security source.
Another 18 protesters have been wounded.
Six Norwegian soldiers have also been wounded in the clashes.
Two of the soldiers have been evacuated from the place, and have been brought to Mazar-i-Sharif, east of Maimana. The Norwegian armed forces announced in the afternoon that all six are lightly wounded. At least one of the Norwegian soldiers is mentioned as having been hit by shrapned from a hand grenade. ..
The protesters both fired guns and threw hand grenades and stones.
The dead protesters are said to have been killed when Afghan police shot into the crowds with sharp ammunition.
According to the Norwegian armed forces, the military forces in the camp used tear gas, rubber bullets and warning shots against the protesters. ..
The attack began this morning at 6.30 norwegian time (to my best knowledge, that is 10.00 Afghan time, or 5.30 GMT - Henrik). ..
The protesters forced their way through the first gate to the military base in Maimana in Afghanistan.
- An armed mob of 200-300 people partially managed to force their way into the ground. They tore down the gate and got into the font yard. There they opened fire and threw hand grenades at the Norwegian forces, says Diesen (head of the Norwegian armed forces - Henrik). ..
ISAF HQ in Kabul sent out fighter jets to support the Norwegian and Finnish soldiers in the base.
Two Netherlands fighter planes have fired warning shots at the protesters.
Several protesters are said to have fled when the planes began shooting. Also two American A-10-planes from the Enduring Freedom-operation overflew the area.
- This is very dramatic and serious. It is an attack on a NATO-camp in Afghanistan, says Knustad (
- Dette er veldig dramatisk og alvorlig. Det er et angrep på en NATO-leir i Afghanistan, sier Knustad.