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Libya apologizes for attack on World War II graves



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Libyan authorities on Tuesday condemned the desecration of World War II  graves in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over US troops  burning the Quran in Afghanistan.

The interim government, in a statement, expressed “strong condemnation of the  attack on non-Muslim graves by subversive elements who have no respect for  religion or international law.”

“This action is contrary to the values of our Islamic religion and law,” said  the statement obtained by AFP.

The government vowed to find and put the perpetrators on trial.

An unidentified group on Friday entered Benghazi military cemetery and  shattered headstones of British and allied servicemen who fought in North  African desert campaigns against the Nazi during World War II, according to  local media reports.

The reports said the group comprised Salafists angered by the burning of the  Quran at a NATO military base in Afghanistan earlier this month.

US President Barack Obama has apologized for the burning of the Muslim holy  books, which officials said were inadvertently sent to the incinerator.

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