Afghan Former President and Peace Council Chief Killed
September 20, 2011
police say a suspected suicide attack has killed Burhanuddin Rabbani,
the country's former president tasked with leading peace efforts with
Witnesses say a blast occurred late Tuesday outside the Rabbani's home.
It is unclear whether there were any other casualties.
led Afghanistan's High Peace Council, which was set up by Afghan
President Hamid Karzai to find a political end to the war.
The former president lived in the capital's heavily fortified diplomatic
zone, near government buildings and the U.S. Embassy.
Last week, Taliban insurgents launched a nearly 20-hour raid in the area
with rocket-propelled grenades, gunfire and explosions. Their
coordinated assault targeted the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and
police elsewhere in the city. The attack killed 14 people and wounded
more than two dozen others.