Two Americans killed by Afghan soldier during riot

Two Americans killed by Afghan soldier during riot
Security guards stand as black smoke rises from tyres which were burnt by protesters during an anti-US demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Anti-American demonstrations erupted on the outskirts of Kabul for a second day Wednesday and in another Afghan city over an incident that the U.S. said was inadvertent burning of Muslim holy books at a military base in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A U.S. official says both international troops killed by a man in an Afghan army uniform were Americans.

NATO reported Thursday that the two service members were killed by a man dressed as an Afghan soldier in eastern Afghanistan.

Mohammad Hassan, a local Afghan leader in Nangarhar province, says the shooting occurred outside an American base in the province during a riot against the Quran burnings. He says the gunman was an Afghan soldier.

President Barack Obama has apologized for the burning of Qurans and other religious texts earlier this week at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul. The incident has sparked violent demonstrations across the Muslim nation.


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