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Rabbani's Assassin Waited For Days To See Him

Kabul, Sept 21: The suicide bomber who assassinated Afghanistan's former President Burhanuddin Rabbani insisted on meeting face-to-face with the ex-president and waited in Kabul for days to talk with him about brokering peace with the

PTI Updated on: September 21, 2011 18:25 IST
rabbani s assassin waited for days to see him
rabbani s assassin waited for days to see him

Kabul, Sept 21: The suicide bomber who assassinated Afghanistan's former President Burhanuddin Rabbani insisted on meeting face-to-face with the ex-president and waited in Kabul for days to talk with him about brokering peace with the Taliban, an associate of the former leader said on Wednesday.


Mohammad Ismail Qasemyar, the international relations adviser for the peace council, said the bomber, identified as Esmatullah, had approached several council officials, telling them that he was an important figure in the Taliban insurgency and would only speak directly with Prof. Rabbani.

“He wanted to talk about peace with Professor Rabbani,” Mr. Qasemyar said.

Mr. Qasemyar said the bomber stayed at a house used for guests of the peace council while waiting for Prof. Rabbani to return from a trip to Iran.

On Tuesday, the two met and the attacker went to shake hands with Prof. Rabbani at his home, bowing his head near the former president's chest and detonating a bomb hidden in his turban, Mr. Qasemyar said.

The U.S.-led coalition said another attacker was also involved, but that could not be confirmed by Afghan officials. A Western official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the killing is still being investigated, said one person has been detained in connection with Prof. Rabbani's death. AP

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