Dignitaries pay tribute to slain Afghan ex-leader

KABUL — Dignitaries were paying tribute on Friday before the coffin of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was killed by a suicide bomber claiming to carry a message of peace from the Taliban.

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Published: Fri 23 Sep 2011, 12:16 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:55 AM

President Hamid Karzai, Afghan lawmakers and foreign ambassadors were among those who gathered at the presidential palace at the beginning of the funeral ceremony for Rabbani, whose casket is draped in a red, black and green national flag.

Earlier Friday, the casket was carried by uniformed servicemen with caps and white gloves. Rabbani’s son followed directly behind in the procession.

The ex-president headed the Afghan peace council, which was seeking to reconcile the nation’s warring factions. He was killed on Tuesday evening in Kabul by an assassin who visited his home under the guise of delivering a message from the insurgency.

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