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Afghan Students Demand Reprieve For Killer Of French Soldiers

French soldiers prepare to depart for Kabul following a handover ceremony at the French military base in Nijrab district of Kapisa Province on November 20.
Hundreds of students in eastern Afghanistan have demonstrated against the death sentence imposed on an Afghan soldier for killing five French troops.

The students blocked a road leading into Jalalabad on November 26 to demand a reprieve for the soldier, Abdul Sabor.

A court found Sabor guilty of killing the French soldiers in January while they were jogging at their base in the eastern province of Kapisa.

He is the first Afghan convicted of carrying out a so-called green-on-blue attack, in which members of Afghan security forces turn their weapons on allied foreign troops.

The students also burned Israeli and U.S. flags in protest at the shelling of the Gaza Strip during eight days of violence earlier this month that left six Israelis and 166 Palestinians dead.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa