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In Washington, one of the two officials said two men were thought involved— an Afghan army officer and a civilian who taught a literacy course on the base for Afghan soldiers. The pair opened fire on an Afghan sentry tower at the forward operating base, then climbed it and began shooting at NATO troops on the ground, the official said.

The head of the United Nations in Afghanistan said Thursday that the military personnel who had disposed of the Korans should be punished.

Mr. Obama said Wednesday that his apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai after U.S. forces mistakenly burned the Korans had “calmed things down,” but he told ABC News that “we’re not out of the woods yet.” He said he apologized to assuage Afghan anger and protect U.S. forces.

Muslim protests over the burnings have ebbed this week, but the killings of the two U.S. military officers at the Interior Ministry came after Mr. Obama’s apology last week.

Western officials have said a joint investigation by NATO and Afghan officials into the burnings was nearly complete, and preliminary findings could be released within days.

The report, a military official said, also might include recommendations for disciplinary action, but those are expected to be included — if necessary — in a more detailed report that will be ready sometime next month. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still in progress.

Jan Kubic, who runs the U.N. mission in Afghanistan, told reporters that after “the profound apology there must be the second step” after the completion of the investigation. He said that step was “appropriate disciplinary action.”

“Because only after such a disciplinary action the international military forces would be able to say yes, we are sincere,” Mr. Kubic said.

He said it was up to the military to figure out how to solve the problem created by the Koran burnings.

“It’s not us, the U.N., who desecrated the Holy Koran, it is the military, and it’s up to the military to decide what kind of steps they will take,” Mr. Kubic said.

Associated Press writers Pauline Jelinek in Washington, Mirwais Khan in Kandahar and Amir Shah in Kabul contributed to this report.

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