An Afghan man shouts anti-U.S slogans near a pile of wood and tyres, set on fire by the protesters, during a protest outside the U.S. military base in Bagram, north of Kabul February 21, 2012. More than 2,000 Afghans protested outside the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday over a report that foreign troops had improperly disposed of copies of the Koran and other religious items, Afghan officials said. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said on Wednesday its staff were on lockdown and all travel was suspended amid violent protests across the capital over the burning of Korans at NATO’s main base in Afghanistan.

“The embassy is on lockdown; all travel suspended. Please, everyone, be safe out there,” the embassy’s official Twitter feed said of the protests where demonstrators screamed “Death to America!”

Police fired shots as around 1,000 protesters gathered for a second day of violent clashes after copies of Islam’s holy book were burned on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Michael Georgy)


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