Afghanistan: United Nations workers beheaded in attack on compound

Eight foreign employees of the United Nations in Afghanistan have been killed after protesters overran their compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif: two of the dead were beheaded by attackers who also burned parts of the compound and climbed up blast walls to topple a guard tower, said Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, a police spokesman for the northern region: over a thousand protesters had flooded into the streets of the normally peaceful city after Friday prayers to denounce the burning of the Koran by a US pastor, and after two or three hours violence broke out.