Sunday, 13 May 2012 19:58
KABUL: A senior Afghan peace negotiator and close ally of President Hamid Karzai was shot dead Sunday, dealing a major blow to Kabul's efforts to broker peace with Taliban insurgents.
Arsala Rahmani, a former minister in the Taliban regime, was a "key negotiator" in the High Peace Council (HPC) established by Karzai to hold talks with the insurgents.
"Shortly after leaving home he was hit by a single bullet from a passing car" as he was driving to work in Kabul, Rahmani's grandson Mohammad Waris told AFP.
The Taliban threatened earlier this month to target members of the HPC as part of their "spring offensive".
Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012