Afghan peace boss killed by exploding turban
THE former president of Afghanistan has been killed by a suicide bomber wearing an exploding TURBAN!
Burhanuddin Rabbani, chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council, was blown to smithereens during a meeting with two Taliban representatives at his Kabul home.
It is unclear if the Taliban men were involved in the attack.
The High Peace Council leads Afghan efforts to negotiate with the Taliban.
Mr Rabbani ( left) is a former president of Afghanistan and also led the main political opposition in the country.
A senior advisor to the peace council is also thought to have been seriously wounded in the attack.
When the peace council was set up, Afghan President Hamid Karzai described it as the greatest hope for the Afghan people and called on the Taliban to seize the opportunity and help bring peace.
But many members are former warlords who spent years fighting the Taliban and their inclusion led to doubts as to whether it could succeed.
Mr Rabbani recently spoke at a religious conference in Iran and called on Muslim scholars to speak out against suicide attacks.
He was ousted as president by the Taliban in 1996. After that he became the nominal head of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, made of mostly non-Pashtun ethnic groups.
When they swept back into Kabul, backed by US forces, and toppled the Taliban in 2001, he was still recognised by the UN as the official president of Afghanistan.
But he was a controversial figure — in the 1970s, it was Mr Rabbani who founded the parties that became the Afghan mujahideen.
Local sources say that many Afghans blame him and his friends for the death and destruction of the civil war days.
The Taliban have wanted Mr Rabbani dead for some time and many were surprised when he was put in charge of the peace talks.
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