Afghan police went on alert on Wednesday to guard against demonstrations triggered by a U.S. church’s plan to burn a copy of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks which has drawn global condemnation. Tension has risen with the approach of the ninth anniversary on Saturday of the September 11 hijacked airliner attacks on the United States and the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr is expected to be celebrated on Thursday or Friday. Plans by Terry Jones, the pastor of a small church in Gainesville, Florida, to burn a copy of the holy Muslim book have added to what U.S. religious leaders have described as an “anti-Muslim frenzy.”

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