Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

A for­mer Com­mu­nist gen­eral-turned-politi­cian has been killed by a Tal­iban bomb hid­den in his sofa.

Ab­dul Jabar Qahra­man was cam­paign­ing for Satur­day’s par­lia­men­tary elec­tion in Afghanistan and be­came the tenth can­di­date to die ahead of the polls when the blast tore through his cam­paign of­fice.

The Tal­iban took re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, which also killed three of Qahra­man’s com­pan­ions in the cap­i­tal of Hel­mand prov­ince.

Qahra­man had been a key fig­ure in the last days of Afghanistan’s Soviet-backed govern­ment, hold­ing mil­i­tary power in the south of the coun­try un­til he went into ex­ile in 1993.

After the fall of the Tal­iban, he re­turned to Afghanistan and was elected as an MP.

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