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.

soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. RUFFNUTT (kcmo , hut tub repairman & maker of disco balls)

    turban bombs... i wish i had patened the idea...

    September 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Members of the religion of peace were outraged at Kurt Westergaard's cartoon of Mohammad in the Jyllandsposten depicting Mohammad with a bomb in his turban, but something tells me the same members of the ROP will not see the irony and hypocricy of their co-religionists in this news story where someone literally used a bomb in his turban to murder someone.

      September 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©


    Good luck getting the $ due you on that patent...no evidence, right?

    September 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. oyvavoy

    The Afghani's are serious warriors we shouldn't take them lightly.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Gessong

      We're serious warriors, too. They shouldn't take us lightly. If the Taliban were supermen, they'd still be in power. Instead, they were beaten, driven out of power, and now they resort to cowardly attacks on elderly politicians.

      September 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Charles

    Turban bombs... lulz. Anyone remember all the butt hurt that happened with an artist drew Allah with a bomb hidden in his turban? Life imitating art? Art imitating life?
    Way to use your head Al Qaeda...

    September 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • chillipepper

      The ole turban bomb trick. Fell for that trick hahaha

      September 21, 2011 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      TOUCHE! no further comment required.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |


    BAM! Reality hits you hard bro!

    September 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT (kcmo , hut tub repairman & maker of disco balls)

    it's almost like a bugs bunny cartooon comming to life...

    September 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. leeintulsa

    What's stopping them fighting fire with fire? No one willing to die for their country over there? No one can walk up to these 'bad' guys with a turban full of dynamite? Won't pro-government forces get 72 virgins, too?

    We got bin laden from WAY OVER HERE. You pass these people on the streets every day!

    What are you waiting for?

    September 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Death On Two Legs

    Leeintulsa: LMAO!!

    September 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Naweed

    good one Stupid died at least, he killed alot of people for keeping him self as President, we well come him to Hell

    September 21, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
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    September 21, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. telugumovies1

    Andhrawishesh.com has added a special feature called News and World to keep you abreast of others in knowing the top political news of the country.

    September 21, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. fryingfries

    cant understand, but i am rooting for their government

    September 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Boottothehed

    So I guess the waa waa about the cartoonist that drew the infamous bomb in a turban is now moot?

    I wonder, did that give them the inspiration, or are they just that hypocritical.....

    September 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
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