Burhanuddin Rabbani killed

The chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council, Burhanuddin Rabbani, has been killed with several other people by a suicide bomber in Kabul.

Rabbani is a former president of Afghanistan and also led the main political opposition in the country.

Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of the opposition in the Afghan parliament, said Mr Rabbani’s killing was “a big loss for all the people of Afghanistan”, describing the former president as a man who “strove until his last breath to bring peace”.

Although Rabbani was an ethnic Tajik leader from the north, Mr Rabbani had support in Pashtun areas in the south and east. He was seen as one of Afghanistan’s cleverest and most influential politicians.

The best guess is that he was killed by Taliban who did not support the talks initiative he led. Karzai supporters see his death as a blow to peace efforts, but how much he achieved is unclear.

His peace council is credited with bringing over hundreds of Taliban field commanders, but to date Mr Rabbani had failed to woo any senior figures away from the insurgency.


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