Turban bomb kills key Afghan political leader
Former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani is shown in a 2008 photo.
September 20th, 2011
01:46 PM ET

Turban bomb kills key Afghan political leader

[Update 1:51 p.m. ET] NATO's International Security Assistance Force said two suicide bombers detonated themselves in the attack that killed Afghanistan peace council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani at his home in Kabul on Tuesday afternoon.

Afghan officials earlier said there was one bomber. That attacker, who claimed to be a Taliban member who had come for talks about peace and reconciliation, hid the explosive device inside his turban, said Hasmat Stanikzai, spokesman for Kabul police.

Rabbani was president of Afghanistan before the Taliban deposed him in 1996, and he had been heading the largest political party standing in opposition to Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Rabbani was long considered crucial to Afghan and coalition efforts to bring Taliban leaders into the reconciliation process.

[Update 1:46 p.m. ET] Afghan President Hamid Karzai called Burhanuddin Rabbani's killing a "very tragic loss" for his country.

Speaking at the United Nations in New York, where world leaders are preparing to speak to the U.N. General Assembly this week, Karzai described Rabbani as "an Afghan patriot" who "has sacrificed his life for the sake of Afghanistan and for the peace of our country."

[Update 1:21 p.m. ET] The suicide bombing that killed Afghanistan peace council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul on Tuesday afternoon shows that the Taliban don't want peace with the Afghan government, said Gen. John R. Allen, commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

"This is another outrageous indicator that, regardless of what Taliban leadership outside the country say, they do not want peace, but rather war," Allen said in a statement released Tuesday. "Their only goal with this completely immoral act is to turn the clock back to the darkness synonymous with the Taliban movement.

A suicide bombing killed Rabbani and wounded council official Masoom Stanikzai and three others at Rabbani's home in Kabul, Afghan authorities said. The attack happened when a meeting was due to take place between Rabbani and a delegation representing the Taliban insurgency.

The suicide bomber claimed to be a Taliban member who had come for the talks about peace and reconciliation, and detonated the explosives as he entered the home, said Hasmat Stanikzai, spokesman for Kabul police.

"Our condolences go out to the families of Prof. Rabbani and Minister Stanikzai," Allen said. "We will continue to work closely with our Afghan partners in our march toward peace, and to hold those responsible for this heinous act accountable for their crimes against the people of Afghanistan."

[Update 12:57 p.m. ET] The suicide bomber who killed Afghanistan peace council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani and wounded one of Rabbani's top advisers on Tuesday had hidden the explosive device in his turban, Kabul police spokesman Hasmat Stanikzai has confirmed.

The attack happened at Rabbani's home in Kabul as he was meeting with Taliban elements that he believed wanted reconciliation, a senior official with NATO's International Security Assistance Force said earlier.

Four other people were wounded, including Masoom Stanikzai, the peace council's secretary and a key adviser to Rabbani, the police spokesman said.

[Update 12:10 p.m. ET] Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of Afghanistan's peace council who authorities said was killed in a suicide bombing at his house in Kabul Tuesday, was meeting with Taliban elements he believed wanted reconciliation when the attack happened, a senior ISAF official said.

Rabbani, a former president of Afghanistan, was "known for welcoming others in the traditional way," the official said. "We don't know if the visitors were even checked for weapons."

A top Rabbani adviser, Masoom Stanekzai, is believed to be badly wounded, a senior ISAF official told CNN. A doctor at a 400-bed hospital in Kabul said that two other people - a bodyguard and an assistant to Rabbani - also were injured.

[Update 11:52 a.m. ET] Tuesday's attack that killed Burhanuddin Rabbani - a former Afghan president who headed Afghanistan's High Peace Council - was a suicide bombing inside his home in Kabul, said Mohammad Zahir, chief of investigations for Kabul police.

The bomber arrived at Rabbani's house at the same time a meeting was due to take place between Rabbani and a delegation representing the Taliban insurgency, an Afghan intelligence source told CNN.

The same source said it was unclear how the bomber got inside the house, but the bomber detonated a device that was concealed within his turban.

[Update 10:51 a.m. ET] Burhanuddin Rabbani, a key political figure in Afghanistan, was killed in an attack on his home Tuesday, a member of Afghanistan's peace council said.  The attack on the home triggered temporary lockdowns at the U.S. Embassy and headquarters of NATO's International Security Assistance Force as authorities investigated the sound of an explosion and what the target had been.

Rabbani, a former Afghan president, headed the country's High Peace Council.

[Update 10:45 a.m. ET] Personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, were instructed to take cover Tuesday due to an incident outside the embassy's perimeter, an embassy spokesman said. It appears the embassy was not the target of the incident, the spokesman said.

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soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Truthwillsetyoufree

    Brainless animals! why would you want to live in a state of hell every day. What do you prove or gain. NOTHING! It just goes on and on. Sick!

    September 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • André

      Americans had their civil war and last time I checked, it was pretty ugly too. And not that long ago.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sideofbacon

      Andre,
      Civil War lasted 4 years, while the fighting in the Middle East has been going on for HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of years.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      @Andr̩: Ours took less than 5 years and was about freeing people. Here we are more than 10 years later, and it's more about acceptable oppression than freedom. Did Lee meet Grant with a bomb in his hat? No, the Taliban is pure evil Рeven if they had control, they would not stop the slaughter.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Befuddled

      Civil war? Is that what the liberal are calling terrorism now?

      September 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick rymond

      mid east have been fighting for thousands of years????? first off YOU ARE WRONG ! second, more people are murdered in the U.S. every year than all terrorists killings by Muslims in 10 YEARS. murder is murder whether its in the name of religion or just random !!! WE AMERICANS KILL MORE HERE THAN YOU THINK. WE ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR MUCH OF ALL THE KILLINGS IN MID EAST AS WELL.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ken

    That's so religous of them using a turbin to kill some and commit suicide at the same time.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • k

      Remember when the cartoonist drew the picture of just that...a terrorist with a bomb in his turban...and the world got up in arms about how that was so wrong to portray?...

      September 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • André

      Arabs dont wear turbans. They wear something else.
      Sikhs and Hindus wear turbans.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Befuddled

      We must rush for a cure to male pattern baldness!

      September 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmkc

      Andre – Afghan men wear a variety of turbans, known as Lungee.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • BostonPhil

      Andre: Who said anything about Arabs?

      September 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alamona

    This is just hopeless, if that hasn't been too clear already for many years. We need to pull out, let them kill each other off, and if they try attacking us here in any way, just nuke the whole region. It's good for nothing but spreading hate.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jorge washinsen

    Takes on a new meaning when you say the bomber had a" B " in his bonnet. Peace.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. radda

    they should have removed the brain and stuffed it with the bomb . i always knew the turban and burka were used to hide weapons. know wonder they are fighting to keep these tradition in western countries. good luck to us.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. whatsupdok

    The mid-east is the center of our consciousness now as America is in a free fall. How's the New World Order working for you ?

    September 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Drogo, who bit the dust

    I've advocated for years to end the practice of wearing turbans.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank G

      That's smart. How about clothes while you're at it...

      September 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. I have a picture of Mohammid!

    It would have been a lot cheaper to nuke the place. No problems for 25,000 years.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobbie

      Exactly!! And all that heat combined with all that sand...cheap glass for years too!!

      September 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nick

    I guess Jeff Duhnam has some new material.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • kake79

      SILENCE! I keel you.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. apostate

    Ahh, the old turban trick.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AESloan

    •Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God

    September 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nokoolaidcowboy

    Bombs in Turbans? Wow!

    September 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Logic

    Dang, the old bomb in the turban trick. Where is Maxwell Smart when you need him?

    September 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sam Golden

    When someone hates you enough to put a bomb in their underwear, shoes, headgear, fly planes into buildings, that is some serious hate....Best to give these types a lot of room, and cancel ALL and ANY visitor permits, VISA's, student permits, work permits of ALL kinds for entry into this country.....they have no other way to carry out attacks here, no Navy, Air Force, just Camels....stop the permits, end the problem....how hard can that be to figure out?

    September 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. OMG NO WAY

    Bomb in his Turban? that's new

    September 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
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