Afghan Peace Counil Member Gunned Down

Posted May 13th, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say gunmen have shot and killed a senior member of the Afghan peace council, dealing the latest blow to peace negotiations.

Authorities say an unidentified gunman in a car opened fire on Arsala Rahmani Sunday morning in Kabul as he was on his way to work.

Rahmani was a former Taliban official who became a top member of the Afghan peace council set up by President Hamid Karzai to negotiate a peaceful end to more than 10 years of war in Afghanistan. Rahmani served as minister of higher education during the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan.

The Taliban has denied responsibility for Sunday's attack.

Last September, former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was the head of Mr. Karzai's peace council was assassinated by a suicide bomber.