Afghans rioted in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday.   A 2,000-strong crowd attacked UN guards at a compound and seized their weapons.  They then stormed the compound and killed several UN workers.  At least 8 international personnel – both guards and UN workers – have been killed. 

The deceased individuals – two of them killed by beheading – were from Nepal, Romania, Sweden, and Norway.  One of them was a woman.

The justification for the riots and killing given was the burning of the Koran by Florida pastor Terry Jones.  On March 20, Jones held a “trial” on the Koran and judged it to be “guilty.”  He then burned the book.

Below are available photos from Afghanistan’s riot.