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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  1. Joe

    Bomb in the turban!! lol what a bunch of animlas!!

    September 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      Thing is that they have used this turban technique quite a few times in past...wonder why police is not screening them when they enter high profile areas...... that is like a less then $500,000 investment out of $1 trillion we have spend...

      September 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Wow it looks like this may be the take over the embassy Tet offensive moment in Afghanistan. Even Walter Cronkite is saying the war is a charlie foxtrot now lol.

      September 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      they used old bomb in new turban.....

      September 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nighttalk

    Ah...yet again...the old bomb in the turban trick...someone is going to catch on sooner or later...and these inbreds will have to develop a sandal bomb or...a goat bomb...unreal...

    September 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • steelerguin

      Nah, they will just stick one up their *** and ignite with flatus.

      September 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rudi

    We all need to understand that the only way is to come together.....no matter who and where you are....just make sure that the negative people do not use our good....... and if anyone want to commit suicide .....let us know and we will help him......wwwTheDimensionMachineDOTcom

    September 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Danish painter

    Now it makes sense why the Muslims were so "outraged" when the Dannish cartoonist depicted Muhammad wearing a bomb on his turban.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • gary

      sense? Nothing about that place makes sense. Neither Islam nor Xtianity makes sense. Both are ancient myths.

      September 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Darmell

    FAKE BEARD! FAKE BEARD!

    September 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • VOLKSMANIAC

      Apparently they told him it was his turn to play Santa .

      September 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rubes

    that's using your head......

    September 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. VOLKSMANIAC

    How funny is that ? A bomb in a turban . LMAO

    September 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Didn't a cartoonist get in trouble for drawing mohhhamed with a bomb turban?

    September 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tahir

    Pakistani ISI supports the taliban and alqaida, brain wash peopole and exports suicide bumbers to Afghanistn.
    This needs to be stopped.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dutchpump

    Taliban turban bomber, Tigers and bears oh my!

    September 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. snookie

    nothing is funny about the uneducated murderous ways of radical islam

    September 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brandon

    well now we know what happens to peaceful Muslims.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 123456789

    peace council?? this guy was a warloard fighing the russsians!!

    September 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. brad

    These guys are such a headache!!

    September 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gary

    Af-pak-o-sand is a primitive, barbaric, stone aged land where we have NO business. Leave it, let it burn, let them all blow each other up, let them blow up their mythical allah, let them all die. More O2 for us with civility.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
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