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Afghanistan mourns former President Rabbani

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Afghan soldiers carry the coffin containing body of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the slain former President and head of High Peace Council, during his funeral ceremony at presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 23. Reports state that a suicide bomb attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body on Sept. 20, killing Burhanuddin Rabbani at his residence in Kabul. Rabbani was the chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council that leads Afghan efforts to negotiate with the Taliban. A former mujahideen commander who fought Soviet forces in the 1980s, Rabbani was Afghanistan's president from 1992 to 1996, when the country went through a brutal civil war.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, prays with Vice Presidents Mohammad Qasim Fahim, center, and Karim Khalili during the funeral ceremony of slain former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, at the presidential palace in Kabul on Sept. 23. Weeping Afghans gathered under tight security on Friday to bury Rabbani, the government's chief peace negotiator, who was killed this week by a suicide bomber posing as a Taliban envoy with a message about possible talks.

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Rabbani daughters Atia, left, and Fatima are joined by granddaughter, Zahra Rabbani, right, as they attend the funeral ceremony of Afghan former president Burhanuddin Rabbani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 23. Rabbani was killed by a suicide bomber claiming to carry a message of peace from the Taliban.

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Afghans carry the coffin of Burhanuddin Rabbani, former Afghan president and head of the government's peace council, during his burial ceremony on Wazir Akbar Khan hill in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 23. Weeping Afghans gathered under tight security on Friday to bury Rabbani, who was killed this week by a suicide bomber posing as a Taliban envoy with a message about possible talks.

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An Afghan man prays at the graves of slain former president Burhanuddin Rabbani at the Wazir Akbar Khan hilltop over looking Kabul on September 23. Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed to continue efforts to broker a peace deal with the Taliban as he led thousands of mourners at the funeral of the assassinated peace envoy. Kabul police deployed thousands of extra officers as part of a security lockdown designed to protect the funeral prayers being offered at the presidential palace from increasingly brazen gun and suicide attacks.

From msnbc.com news services: 

KABUL, Afghanistan — A surging crowd of mourners on Friday kissed the coffin of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, slain by a suicide bomber claiming to carry a peace message from the Taliban, and railed against neighboring Pakistan for allegedly fomenting conflict in their country.

The outpouring of anger at a hilltop cemetery exposed the divisions and suspicion that plague Afghanistan after years of war, and followed a stately funeral ceremony at the palace of President Hamid Karzai, who hailed Rabbani as a tireless advocate for reconciliation.

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An earlier post in PhotoBlog gives a glimpse of Rabbani's political history and his significant involvement in the events that have shaped the country.