The head of Afghanistanâ€™s High Peace Council, and former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who had been tasked with trying to negotiate a political end to the war, was killed on Tuesday evening, a senior police officer said.
His home is in Kabulâ€™s heavily guarded diplomatic enclave, and the attack came just a week after a 20-hour siege at the edge of the area sometimes known as the â€œgreen zoneâ€.â€œRabbani has been martyred,â€ Mohammed Zahir, head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Kabul Police, told Reuters. He had no further details.
Hashmatullah Stanikzai, spokesman for Kabulâ€™s police chief, said it was â€œprobablyâ€ a suicide attack.
A senior Karzai advisor Masoom Stanekzai, who was also in the meeting was alive but badly wounded as they met with two members of the Taliban.Rabbani was formerly leader of a powerful mujahideen party during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and served as president in the 1990s when mujahideen factions waged war for control of the country after the Soviet withdrawal.
Rabbani is a well liked figure among the political echelons of Afghanistan, though the Taliban have a reserved approach towards him. It is unclear whether the members of Taliban with whom they were meeting were the bombers.
The assassination comes a week after a 20-hour gun and grenade attack that on Kabulâ€™s diplomatic enclave by insurgents, and three suicide bomb attacks on other parts of the city â€” together the longest-lasting and most wide-ranging assault on the city.Back to top button
Last weekâ€™s siege was the third major attack on the Afghan capital since June and included three suicide bombing in other parts of the city. At least five policemen and 11 civilians were killed.
All three of those attacks are believed to be the work of the Haqqani network, a Taliban-allied insurgent faction, based along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.