Afghanistan: Suicide bomber attacks Karzai memorial service

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (June 13, 2010) — The Af...

Ahmed Wali Kazai. Image via Wikipedia

A suicide bomber exploded himself at a service for Ahmed Wali Karzai, killing four people, including Kandahar’s chief cleric. All Afghan senior government officials that were present survived the attack.

Karzai, the half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, was killed on Tuesday by one of his security officials. President Karzai was not present at the service – he had flown into Kandahar for his brother’s funeral on Wednesday, but departed before the Thursday service.

Afghan police said the bomber hid the explosives in his turban. He detonated them near the door of the Red Mosque, the central mosque of Kandahar city where the service was held.

via Suicide bomber attacks Karzai memorial service | FP Passport.

More here and here: “Ahmed Wali served as the head of the provincial council in Kandahar, and was widely recognized as the government’s most powerful man in the key southern province, home to the birthplace of the Taliban. He was a lightning rod for criticism due to his role in the drug trade, his domination of local security companies, and accusations that he provided explosives and other support to the Taliban. Ahmed Wali was also on the CIA’s payroll“.

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