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September 20, 2011

Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani. (Shah Marai / AFP/Getty Images / June 2, 2010)

Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani assassinated

A suicide bomber apparently hiding explosives in his turban killed Burhanuddin Rabbani in his home in Kabul, officials say. The former Afghan leader headed a government panel trying to launch negotiations with the Taliban, and his death is seen as a blow to those efforts.

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times

September 20, 2011, 9:10 a.m.

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan— Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed by a suicide bomber on Tuesday in his home in the capital, the latest in a series of high-profile assassinations to rock the country in recent months.

Rabbani was the head of a government panel set up last year to try to begin negotiations with the Taliban, and his death was seen as a serious blow to those still-nascent efforts.

The bomber, who apparently had explosives concealed in his turban, entered Rabbani’s home in an upscale Kabul neighborhood on the pretext of visiting him, said Gen. Mohammed Zaher, the head of criminal investigation for the Kabul police.

The powerful blast injured at least two other people, Zaher said, possibly including at least one other member of the High Peace Council, as the reconciliation body was known.

The Associated Press reported that four of Rabbani’s bodyguards were also killed, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

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