Nato says two of its soldiers have been shot dead on a base in Afghanistan, the latest of several attacks after the burning of the Koran by US soldiers.

It said a man in an Afghan army uniform and another in civilian clothes carried out the shooting in Kandahar province.

But officials in Zheray district say only one man – who was on the base to teach Afghans literacy – opened fire.

Hours earlier Nato chief Gen John Allen told the BBC the recent violence was a “setback” that would be overcome.

An Afghan army spokesman in Kandahar said two gunmen initially opened fire on an Afghan sentry manning a security tower before climbing it and shooting at Nato troops. He said both attackers were killed.

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