The Afghan President’s office announced that it had received a letter from President Barack Obama apologizing for the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, The Associated Press reported.
According to the news outlet, the statement from President Hamid Karzai’s office said the U.S. ambassador delivered the letter on February 23. In the apology, Obama expressed his “deep regret for the reported incident” and offers his “sincere apologies.”
The statement from Karzai’s office noted that Obama wrote: “The error was inadvertent; I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible.”
CBS News reported that two U.S. troops have been shot to death and four more wounded, as an Afghan soldier turned his gun on his allies in apparent anger over the Quran-burning incident.
A statement from the International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan, the international coalition in the nation, confirmed that the two American soldiers were killed in the Eastern part of the country by an individual “wearing an Afghan National Army uniform.”