Head of Afghan peace negotiations killed by suicide bomber
The head of Afghanistan's high peace council was killed by a suicide bomber Tuesday at his home near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, according to media reports.
Burhanuddin Rabbani, whose task was to find a political solution with the Taliban, was assassinated by a bomber who concealed explosives in his turban, the Associated Press reported.
The incident prompted the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to go on alert Tuesday afternoon, but that was lifted later when it became clear that the embassy was not the target, embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall told Stars and Stripes.
The embassy is waiting for official confirmation of Rabbani's death before issuing a condolence statement, Sundwall said.
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