Senior peace envoy killed in south Afghanistan

A senior member of Afghanistan's peace council killed near Helmand, officials blame Taliban

Senior peace envoy killed in south Afghanistan

World Bulletin/News Desk

Gunmen killed a senior member of Afghanistan's peace council on Wednesday, officials said.

President Hamid Karzai formed a 70-member High Peace Council in 2010 in a bid to reach a peace settlement with the fighters, but little has been achieved, with the Taliban saying they will not talk with the Afghan government.

Malim Shahwali, the council's chief in the southern province of Helmand, was traveling to Gereshk district when gunmen ambushed his convoy, said the provincial governor's spokesman, Omar Zwak.

"First an explosion hit his convoy and then the Taliban gunmen opened fire, killing Malim Shahwali and two bodyguards," Zwak told Reuters.

Three policemen and an Afghan soldier were wounded, Zwak said.

The attack came a day after three British soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Helmand.

In 2011, a bomber disguised as a peace envoy killed the then chairman of the peace council, former president Burhanuddin Rabbani.

In May last year, gunmen in Kabul assassinated Arsala Rahmani, a former Taliban minister turned peace negotiator.

Last week, the Taliban vowed to start a new campaign of suicide attacks on foreign military bases, diplomatic areas as well as the "Karzai regime" as part of their spring offensive.

Last Mod: 01 Mayıs 2013, 13:44
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