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. Carla Hurst-Chandler

    So sad that this man of peace died...even sadder that it happened one day before The International Day of Peace...but falling for the Bomb in the Turban trick...@@...

    September 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob1

    Over and over again, the huge desire of many in that region and the Middle East as well, NOT wanting peace to succeed is very disturbing and troubling at the same time. Until the Muslim world comes out of its 600 AD mindset, culture and values, not much will change folks.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • WVU

      Could not agree more, well said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

      September 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RickyL

    How does anyone know that the Taliban are behind this?

    Why not the Northern Alliance?

    September 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toby

      uuuuuuuh because it was a rep from the taliban who did it?? Probably was the key hint.

      September 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Taliban Hater

    This obviously proves you cannot negotiate with extremists whose vision is an all extremist Muslim world. Like it hasn't been proved a million times already. Disgraceful animals whose only skill set is killing innocent people. Have fun dealing with the next predator drone strike Mohammed.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Worldnewsbook

    Only cowards kill a man of peace. Middle East come into the 21st century please.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. citizenUSA

    You'd think by now the Afghans would be screaming to have the Talibutts wiped off the face of the earth by any means possible. I don't mind saying I wish they were all dead. They want me, my family and friends dead. I believe they would kill us all if they could. I guess the Afghan government goes by the, "50 times bitten, twice shy", concept. Their absurd belief that the 'butts will agree to a peace deal will be Afghanistan's downfall.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Epidi

      Agree with what you are saying. They wanted the Taliban out and now when they try to make peace – this is the slap in the face they get. You can't have it both ways with the Taliban. It's like the wolf is howling at your door and you kick the dog for barking at it to warn you of the danger.

      September 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      Epidi,

      Nice analogy. Thanks for reading my comment.

      September 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    OH WELL, WHO CARES???

    September 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ronald

    When will we understand that we should get the phuck out of there????

    September 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jack Anderson

    I say find out where their location and meeting place is and then blow the hell out of them. CIA your not doing your job or otherwise this would be over!

    September 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob

    THEY ARE ALL ANIMALS, AND WE PIS* OUR TAX $$$ TO HELP, BECAUSE???

    September 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • WVU

      The old war, stupidity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Epidi

      Uh, a little thing called 9/11 perhaps?

      September 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jon Dough

    Oh ya; the old "bomb in my turbin" trick.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    Islam. The religion of peace.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald

      Religion is created by mankind as a tool of control. No surprise.

      September 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Josh

    do the taliban know that they are the roaches of society? Im still pondering what murdering does for there viewpoints?

    September 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jane

    Just shows you what evil people the Taliban are. Evil, through and through.

    September 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. USNRI

    It must be all another political game. Does anyone see any claims by any particular group?

    September 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
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