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WWII tombstones desecrated in Libya in response to Quran burning

Photos by Manu Brabo / AP

The headstone of A.J. M. Barbe, a soldier of pioneer corps who died Jan. 25, 1943 is seen broken at the Commonwealth Benghazi War Cemetery.

Graves of British soldiers who fought and died during the North African desert battles of WWII were recently desecrated by a mob of angry Libyans. Local reports claimed that Islamists, angered by the recent burning of a Quran at a NATO military base in Afghanistan, are to blame. Libya's national transitional government has apologized for the attacks and local authorities have detained several suspects.

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