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Obama apologises for Koran burning

Published:Thursday | February 23, 2012 | 2:38 PM

US President Barack Obama has apologised to the Afghan people for the burning of Korans by American troops at a US base.

In a letter to President Hamid Karzai, Obama has expressed his deep regret and said the incident earlier this week was a genuine mistake.

Obama's letter, delivered by the US ambassador to Afghanistan, assured the Afghan president that US authorities would question all those responsible.

Demonstrations against the desecration have continued for a third day across northern and eastern Afghanistan.

Two US soldiers and two Afghans were killed in an attack on a military base.

Elsewhere there were four other deaths.

On Wednesday, another seven people were killed and dozens injured in protests.