Washington: Six days after former Afghan
President Burhanuddin Rabbani was assassinated, authorities in Kabul have arrested a prominent Afghan connected to the Taliban militants as a suspect.
Hamidullah Akhund was arrested "somewhere in Kabul in the
past few days", `New York Times` reported quoting an Afghan
Government spokesman Sifatullah Safi.
Few details were released about the suspect and the
circumstances of the arrest, the Times said, as Afghan President Hamid Karzai appointed a high level team headed by the defence minister to probe the killing.
"We are getting close to the truth", the spokesman said,
as the peace envoy`s killing threatens fresh turmoil in the
nation as Rabbani supporters are up in arms against continuing
peace efforts with the Taliban.
Rabbani, chairman of the Afghan Peace Council was killed
by a turban bomber who claimed to be a peace emissary from the
Police and other senior figures have blamed the Taliban
for the attack, but unusually, the leaders of Afghanistan`s
ten-year insurgency have so far refused to comment on it.
The investigation will be led by Afghan defence minister
Abdul Rahim Wardak, seen as close to Karzai, a statement from
the presidential palace said.
A government official said that Akhund had spoken to the
bomber a day before the attack. The bomber was believed to be
a trusted Taliban emissary, had left the official guesthouse
where he was staying to speak to the suspect.
President Karzai and his government have come under
intense pressure from political rivals and the Afghan public
to arrest whoever was responsible for the plot to assassinate