A onetime Taliban leader who defected to work for peace was shot dead Sunday in what seems to have been a drive-by shooting in the capital of Kabul. The Taliban has denied involvement in the killing of Maulvi Arsala Rahmani, a senior member of the country’s High Peace Council who police said was sitting in traffic when gunmen drove up alongside him and opened fire. Rahmani, who was appointed to his position on the council by President Hamid Karzai, was traveling to a meeting in the capital’s high-security diplomatic center when he was killed. No one had been arrested Sunday in the shooting.
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