Ex-Afghan President Rabbani Assassinated

Terrorists took out another high-profile victim on Tuesday when a lone suicide bomber attacked and killed former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani in his home in the capital Kabul.

Kabul police criminal investigation chief Mohammad Zahir said the bomber concealed the explosives inside his turban. The attacker also killed four of Rabbani’s bodyguards. Rabbani’s death is considered a big blow to the Afghan government’s efforts to forge a peace deal with Taliban insurgents. Rabbani, who was in his early 70s, was head of the government-created High Peace Council, which was formed last year in a bid to end the years-long war between the military and Taliban. Current President Hamid Karzai has reportedly cut short his U.S. trip and returned to Afghanistan after getting news of Rabbani’s assassination.

Rabbani served as president from 1992 until 1996, when Kabul fell into the hands of Taliban. After he was driven out of Kabul, Rabbani became the head of the Northern Alliance, the main opposition to Taliban rule. Rabbani’s death came amid suspicion by some Northern Alliance members that Karzai’s administration is sympathetic to the Taliban.