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Sunday, 13 May 2012 - 19:55
Afghan peace negotiator shot dead.
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Officials say a senior Afghan peace negotiator has been shot dead in Kabul.

Arsala Rahmani was a former Taliban minister and a key member of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, which leads Afghan efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban.

Correspondents say his death is a major blow to President Hamid Karzai as Rahmani was a key figure in reaching out to Taliban commanders.

Last year the chief of the peace council was also killed in a suicide attack.

Police say that Rahmani was shot dead this morning by an unidentified gunman while on his way to work in western Kabul, in what was described as a carefully planned attack.

The Taliban have denied involvement in the killing.

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