Rabbani`s killer staged a ruse: Afghan President

Hamid Karzai said the suicide bomber who assassinated Burhanuddin Rabbani had delivered a CD suggesting reconciliation.

Updated: Sep 22, 2011, 15:02 PM IST

Kabul: Hamid Karzai says the suicide bomber who assassinated former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani had delivered an audio recording of a purported Taliban peace offer.

Karzai says the assassin`s CD turned out to be a trick to get close to Rabbani, the head of the Afghan peace council.

The Afghan President`s remarks on Thursday offered new details about Tuesday`s assassination, which dealt a devastating blow to efforts of negotiating a peace settlement with the Taliban in Afghanistan

Karzai says the person on the CD spoke respectfully about Rabbani and offered suggestions for reconciliation.

Karzai says Rabbani rushed back from a trip abroad to hear the recording in hopes it would be an opening for reconciliation, but that it turned out to be a trick.

Bureau Report