Incident Summary:

05/13/2012: Assailants opened fire on Moulavi Arsala Rahmani in the third police district of Kabul city, Kabul province, Afghanistan. Rahmani, a former politician and a high-ranking member of the peace council, was killed in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Attack occurred in the 3rd police district, near Kabul University in western Kabul, Kabul Province, Afghanistan

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity High Peace Council
Specific Description Moulavi Arsala Rahmani
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A silenced pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Rahmani was a former Taliban politician who was currently a member of the High Peace Council and in peace negotiations with the Taliban.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Afghanistan blast kills nine, Interior Ministry says," CNN Wire, May 14, 2012.
"Ex-Taliban official with role in peace talks assassinated," International Herald Tribune, May 14, 2012.
"Afghan peace council member, former Taliban official assassinated," CNN Wire, May 13, 2012.