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Kabul: high emotion at Rabbani funeral

Kabul: high emotion at Rabbani funeral
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There were chaotic scenes in Kabul at the funeral of the Afghan government’s chief peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani.

The former Afghan president was murdered earlier in the week by a suicide bomber posing as a Taliban envoy pretending to have a message about negotiations.

The coffin was taken to a hilltop cemetery overlooking Kabul’s diplomatic quarter for burial after prayers at the presidential palace.

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

There was tight security. Streets in and around Kabul’s political and diplomatic area were virtually deserted.

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