NATO occupation troops fired on hundreds of protesters outside their base in Maymana Tuesday in what was the second straight day of demonstrations in Afghanistan over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
Maymana Hospital said one protester was shot dead and six were wounded, while some 50 others were hurt by tear gas the troops used on the crowd.
Two American A-10 attack aircraft were on their way to the city and a German C-130 transport plane was on standby in case some troops needed to evacuated.
In neighboring Pakistan, 5,000 people chanting "Hang the man who insulted the prophet" burned effigies of one cartoonist and Denmark's prime minister.
The cartoons were first published by a Danish newspaper in September, then reprinted by a Norwegian newspaper last month, setting off protests against the two countries across the Muslim world.
The drawings including a racist depiction of the prophet wearing a turban shaped as a bomb have touched a raw nerve in part because the Islam world feels with justification that a religious crusade is being waged against them. These drawings are adding insult to injury and are fanning the flames that are already engulfing the region scripted by U.S. imperial designs.
In the Afghan capital of Kabul, police used batons to beat stone-throwing protesters outside the Danish diplomatic mission office and near the offices of the World Bank on Tuesday. An Associated Press reporter saw police arrest several people, many of whom were injured.
Afghan police officer beats a protester outside the Danish embassy during a protest demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuseday, Feb.7, 2006. Protesters were attacked by police and NATO occupation troops across Afghanistan on Tuesday in demonstrations against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in the Western press. Several people were wounded and detained, and at least one person killed. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
More than 3,000 protesters threw stones at government buildings and an Italian occupation base in the western city of Herat.
About 5,000 people clashed with police in Pulikhumri town, north of Kabul, said Sayed Afandi, a police commander.
Police in about half a dozen other towns and cities across Afghanistan reported thousands of people protesting.
Demonstrations have been held across Afghanistan since last week, with the size of the crowds progressively swelling. On Monday, four people were killed and at least 19 hurt during clashes, including one outside Bagram, the main U.S. military base.
Elsewhere, China criticized newspapers for publishing the cartoons and appealed for calm among outraged Muslims. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said publishing the cartoons "runs counter to the principle that different religions and civilizations should respect each other and live together in peace and harmony."
Danish citizens were also advised to leave Indonesia, where rowdy protests were held in at least four cities Tuesday. Danish missions, which have been repeatedly targeted by protesters, have been shut down said Niels Erik Anderson, the country's ambassador to Indonesia.