Funeral held for Karzai's brother

Afghan president led thousands of mourners in the volatile southern Kandahar region to bury his brother.

July 13, 2011 11:28
Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Afghan President Hamid Karzai led thousands of mourners under heavy security on Wednesday, at the funeral of his influential brother, whose assassination on Tuesday left a power vacuum in the volatile southern province of Kandahar.

Ahmad Wali Karzai, one of the most powerful and controversial men in southern Afghanistan, was killed by a trusted family security guard at his home in Kandahar city.

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The killing cast a pall over Kandahar, which has been a focus of violence in recent months as the Taliban came under pressure in surrounding districts from a wave of extra troops ordered in by US President Barack Obama in 2009.

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