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Assassin's associate being grilled: MoI

Assassin's associate being grilled: MoI

Sep 21, 2011 - 19:39

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A companion of High Peace Councilinfo-icon chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassin is under investigation, a Ministry of Interior (MoI) official said on Wednesday.

The former president was killed along with three members of his panel in the attack in the high-security Wazir Akbar Khan area of the capital. Officials said police has arrested an associate of the attacker and seized his car.

Posing as messengers of a key insurgent leader, the two had come to Kabul for peace talks with Prof. Rabbani, the MoI deputy spokesman, Najibullah Nekzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The detainee was under investigation, he said, refusing to go into details. More information would be released after the probe was completed, he added: "The identity of the attacker is yet to be established."

Since the bomber wore an explosives-packed turban, his head was blown to bits, the spokesman said. The National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) has also started grilling Peace Council member Rahmatullah Wahidyar.

The attacker, who previously headed a delegation of the Talibaninfo-icon's Quetta Shurainfo-icon, was to meet Rabbani, Waqif Hakimi, a spokesman for the Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon, told reporters.

The bomber said he had brought a special massage from the Quetta Shura, and since he had met Rabbani many times, security guards did not check him, Hakimi added.

"As the meeting was arranged by Peace Council Secretary Masoom Stanikzai and Wahidyar, I can't say anything about the attack," he said in response to the question how the assailant managed to reach the residence of Rabbani.

Rabbani's funeral is scheduled for Friday. Cabinet members, at a meeting, declared three-day mourning across the country over the death. They said the national flag would be flying at half-mast.


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