Killing of Afghan leader endangers peace process

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Mr. Rabbani, whose death came just days after insurgents attacked the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, was the latest high-ranking official close to Mr. Karzai to be killed by militants in recent months. Outnumbered on the battlefield, insurgents are conducting targeted attacks against officials aligned with the Afghan government and U.S.-led coalition, lowering hopes that Afghan forces can secure the country.

“Every day they are killing,” said Mirza Mohammad, a 50-year-old former Afghan army officer from Parwan province. “The killing of Rabbani has brought chaos to Afghanistan.”

Mr. Mohammad, who was among those paying respects Wednesday at Mr. Rabbani’s home in Kabul, called for a national uprising. “We will soon get revenge,” he said. “Pakistan is behind this attack.”

Meanwhile, in the Waghaz district of eastern Ghazni province, nine Afghan policemen were killed Tuesday evening while they were trying to defuse a roadside bomb, said Gen. Zirawer Zahid, the provincial police chief.

And in the south, two NATO service members were killed in an insurgent attack, the alliance said in a statement Wednesday. NATO did not provide further details.

Including the latest deaths, at least 28 international troops have been killed so far this month in Afghanistan.

Associated Press writers Amir Shah and Deb Riechmann contributed to this report from Kabul.

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