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Emotion at Afghan peace negotiator funeral

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Emotion at Afghan peace negotiator funeral


Afghans have buried the country’s chief peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani after he was assassinated earlier in the week.

There was chaos and emotion in Kabul as the coffin was taken to a cemetery on a hill above the capital.

The former Afghan president was murdered by a suicide bomber posing as a Taliban peace envoy.

His death has ignited fears of retribution. His supporters called for a peaceful funeral service but there were also several demands to avenge his death.

Many of the mourners belong to political groups opposed to the Afghan president Hamid Karzai who had appointed Rabbani head of the High Peace Council.

The two hail from different ethnic groups and it is feared Rabbani’s death will deepen the rifts between minorities.

Earlier diplomats and members of parliament attended a ceremony at the presidential palace.

Foreign governments sent messages urging Afghans not to give up on the fledgling peace process Rabbani had set in motion.

President Karzai’s opponents have accused him of instructing Rabbani to meet his killer. Karzai’s office said he was not involved in the killing.

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