Funeral held for Karzai's brother

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

Hamid Karzai 311 R (photo credit: REUTERS)
Hamid Karzai 311 R
(photo credit: REUTERS)
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.
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.