Afghan Peace Negotiator Rahmani Shot Dead by Gunman in Kabul

Arsala Rahmani, a senior member of President Hamid Karzai’s High Peace Council, was shot dead by a gunman in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Rahmani was on his way to his office today when he was shot from a vehicle, Hashmatullah Stanekzai, a Kabul police spokesman said by telephone. “We don’t know who the assailants were, and it’s being investigated,” he said.

The killing is another blow to Karzai’s peace efforts with the Taliban following the death last November of the peace council’s chief, Burhanuddin Rabbani, in a suicide bombing at his home.

“The death of Mr Rahmani could majorly affect our work toward peace as he had good contacts with Taliban” which could help bring them in the negotiating table, peace council member Ismayel Qasemyar said. “Today’s attack will complicate our peace efforts.”

Zabihullah Mujahed, a Taliban spokesman, said in a text message to reporters that the group was not responsible for Rahmani’s death.

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