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Afghan negotiator laid to rest

Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 01:00

Sept. 24, - Hundreds flood the streets of Kabul to witness the burial of Afghanistan's chief peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbini. Jessica Gray reports.

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Hundreds of Afghans carry former President Burhanuddin Rabbani's body to its final resting place in the capital. Afghanistan's chief negotiator was killed this week by a suicide bomber posing as a Taliban envoy. Streets were blocked off as mourners chanted and sought to touch the coffin. His death has reignited simmering ethnic tensions and stirred fears of retribution. Among the mourners was Rabbani protege and opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah. (SOUNDBITE) ( Dari) ABDULLAH ABDULLAH, OPPOSITION LEADER AND FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER SAYING: "We buried our honorable leader. We buried our honorable martyred leader, Rabbani, but we will not keep silent." Opposition figures blame President Hamid Karzai for his death, claiming Kazai ordered Rabbani to meet with the bomber. Karzai's office denies the accusation. Jessica Gray, Reuters

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Afghan negotiator laid to rest

Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 01:00