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Afghan Police Kill 4 After Firing on Muslim Protesters


Afghan police have killed four demonstrators during one of the latest protests across the Muslim world against cartoon drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.

Several other protesters were injured when police opened fire, as demonstrators marched toward a U.S. military base Wednesday in Qalat, Afghanistan.

Islamic organizations in Afghanistan and Indonesia, among other countries, have called for an end to the violent protests.

At the White House, President Bush and Jordan's King Abdullah also called for the violence to stop. King Abdullah added that the cartoons should be condemned. Separately, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Syria and Iran of inflaming anti-West feelings among Muslims for their own purposes.

Denmark, where the drawings of Muhammad were first published, has urged its nationals to leave Indonesia and Iran. Rioters have attacked Danish diplomatic offices in Jakarta, Tehran, Beirut and Damascus, and protests have erupted across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

French President Jacques Chirac condemned newspapers for reprinting the cartoons Wednesday after a French weekly printed the images.

Indonesia's foreign minister,Hassan Wirajuda, says radical groups are exploiting Muslim anger over the drawings.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .

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