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War-weary Afghans plead for peace amid series of deadly attacks

(Xinhua)

08:59, September 27, 2011

An Afghan policeman checks a man near a security checkpoint in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, Sept. 26, 2011. Security forces in Kabul has been on high alert after series of attacks over the past few weeks including a suicide attack which killed former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani. (Xinhua/Omid)

KABUL, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Series of deadly attacks, particularly a brutal suicide offensive on former Afghan president and peace body chief Burhanudin Rabbani, rocked parts of the country including the capital city of Kabul over the past couple of months and prompted the war-weary Afghans to pray for durable peace in their country.

"Yet again there was an attack in Kabul just last night, and this time also in the fortified location, we are tired of witnessing such incidents that always cause horror and dread among Kabulis," a Kabul resident Liyakat Khan told Xinhua on Monday, referring a gun battle Sunday night in Ariana Hotel near the Afghan presidential palace, NATO's headquarters and U.S. embassy in Kabul that left a U.S. citizen dead.

A security source who declined to be identified said that a U.S. -run intelligence agency located in Ariana Hotel opposite to the U. S. embassy building was the scene of gun shots Sunday night which left one person dead and injured two others.

Several Afghan cities including the capital city Kabul have experienced a string of deadly suicide attacks and gun battles since the beginning of this year, fading common citizens' hope for having viable peace.

The latest violent attack was a suicide attack against former Afghan President Burhanudin Rabbani, who also served as the Chairman of Afghan High Peace Council, a 70-member government- backed peace body which was set up by President Hamid Karzai on October 2010 to broker peace with the Taliban and other armed opposition groups.

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