Kabul lockdown for Rabbani state funeral

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Thousands of mourners were expected to attend a state funeral for Burhanuddin Rabbani, the government peace negotiator, whose assassination threatens to engulf Afghanistan in fresh chaos. An assassin with a bomb hidden under his turban and purporting to be a peace emissary from the Taliban leadership killed Rabbani at his Kabul villa on Tuesday as he clasped him to his chest in greeting. He was the most senior national leader assassinated in Afghanistan since the 2001 American invasion, depriving President Hamid Karzai of a key Tajik ally in the increasingly fractious world of…

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