Afghanistan is marking fourteen years since the death of national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud .. with a ceremony attended by high-ranking officials and family members.
Known as the “Lion of Panjshir” he fiercely fought Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the ’80s.
Massoud was killed on September 9, 2001 by suicide bombers posing as journalists.
“He was committed to serve Afghanistan,” said Massoud’s brother Ahmad Wali. “He grew up in this country. He was always at the service of his people and understood the pain of his countrymen. That is why he is still in the hearts of every Afghan.”
Ahmad Shah Massoud was an important figure in the ’90s Afghan civil war. He led the resistance against the Taliban until his assassination.
Massoud’s death was followed by the 9/11 attack on the US which became a catalyst for the invasion of Afghanistan.