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Mastermind behind Rabbani's killing arrested

Mastermind behind Rabbani's killing arrested

Sep 25, 2011 - 20:49

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The alleged mastermind behind the assassination of ex-president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani was arrested on Sunday, an official said.

 National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) operatives detained one of the main planners of the attack, GMIC deputy head, Sifatullah Sahaf Safi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He did not go into details in this regard.  The Jamiat-i-Islami leader was killed on Tuesday evening by a bomber disguised as an insurgent emissary with an important message at his residence in Kabul.

On September 22, Shafiqullah Tahiri, NDS official, told a press conference that the Talibaninfo-icon's Quetta Shurainfo-icon was behind the assassination of Rabbani.

He said the investigation showed the murder was a "preplanned terrorist act by the Quetta Shura". He quoted Peace Council member Rahmatullah Wahidyar, also wounded in the attack, as saying that Hamidullah Akhund, representing the Quetta Shura, maintained constant contact with the panel over the last four months.

"The man said he had positive messages for the peace council and wanted to share them with you," he added. Hamidullah repeatedly came to Kabul to visit council leadership and returned to Quetta for final results.

Unable to travel to Afghanistaninfo-icon frequently, Hamidullah was later replaced by Esmatullah, the NDS officials added.

According to a statement of NDS, the operatives have identified the perpetrators of the killing of Rabbani and people would be informed about the developments made in investigation.

An intelligence official on condition of anonymity said they had discovered a clue of those involved in the incident.

A weekly meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) chaired by President Hamid Karzai, on Sunday, also discussed the assassination and its consequences. Karzai called the killing of the former president a huge loss to the country.

Ministers of defence and interior, the acting head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the attorney general were tasked with probing the killing.

The team was asked to use all sources available to it to identify and arrest the perpetrators, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

The acting head of NDS, who also participated in the NSC meeting said: "Some arrests have already been made and the information received from them has brought us close to a breakthrough."


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