KABUL — The suicide bomber who killed the Afghan leader responsible for brokering a deal with insurgents gained access to him after delivering an audio recording that the assassin said contained a message from Taliban leaders, President Hamid Karzai said Thursday.The message was convincing enough that top officials, including Karzai, urgedBurhanuddin Rabbani, a former Afghan president, to return to Kabul from a trip abroad because the supposed Taliban envoy said he had a second, important audio recording that could be delivered only to Rabbani.
The suicide bomber who killed Afghanistan peace council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani and wounded one of Rabbani's top advisers on Tuesday had hidden the explosive device in his turban, Kabul police spokesman Hasmat Stanikzai has confirmed.
Mohammad Zaher, Kabul's criminal investigations chief, said two men "negotiating with Rabbani on behalf of the Taliban" arrived at his house on Tuesday, one with explosives hidden in his turban.
"He approached Rabbani and detonated his explosives. Rabbani was martyred and four others including Masoom Stanekzai [his deputy] were injured".
Fazel Karim Aymaq, a member of the High Peace Council, said the men claimed to have come with "special messages" from the Taliban and were thought to be "very trusted."
When Rabbani appeared, the man shook the former president's hand and bowed in a sign of respect, Aymaq said. "Then his turban exploded.''
The blast broke windows in Rabbani's home and shook nearby houses.
This is the foundation of security: Trust no-one. Believe in nothing that anyone tells you, until proven otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt.
Your religious or cultural head covering is not sacred. Your religious or cultural clothing is not sacred, whether it's worn by a woman or a man doesn't matter.
People hide explosives in their underwear, in their body cavities, in their hats, in their shoes and force women to smuggle weapons under their dress, knowing that it's a cultural taboo in many places to search women's bodies. Or they just dress as women themselves to escape search and detection and know that no-one will question why a woman would want to hide her face in many parts of the world.
This has to stop, and it will, eventually. I just wonder how many more dead victims we'll have to deal with to get there. I'm guessing internet and news & information saturation will have to complete first before people learn how stupid it is to let people through a security check without checking them, just because they happen to wear a certain style of head-covering or they happen to be women.