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Half-Brother of Afghan President Karzai Assassinated

Source: VOA

Ahmad Wali Karzai
Ahmad Wali Karzai

  • Born in the southern Afghani city of Karz in 1961.
  • Member of the Kandahar Provincial Council, the local governing body for the region, since 2005. Served as council's chief.
  • Openly accused in the Afghan parliament in 2007 of being involved in the international drug trade.
  • Suspected of orchestrating voter fraud in his brother's favor near
  • Kandahar during the 2009 presidential election.

The half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has assassinated at his home in southern Kandahar province.

President Karzai told reporters in Kabul the murder of his younger brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, represents the suffering of all Afghan people.

Afghan officials say Wali Karzai was killed on Tuesday, likely by one of his bodyguards.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for his murder.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, David Petraeus, condemned the assassination and said that NATO forces will support the Afghan government's efforts to bring justice to those responsible.

Wali Karzai served as the head of the provincial council and was one of the most powerful leaders in southern Afghanistan.

The provincial council chief was often the target of corruption allegations. In November, a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks suggested that Wali Karzai was "widely understood to be corrupt and a narcotics trafficker." The president's half-brother repeatedly denied the charges.

Wali Karzai survived at least two previous attempts on his life in recent years. In May 2009 insurgents attacked his motorcade, killing one of his bodyguards.

He also escaped an earlier attack on his provincial council facilities in Kandahar.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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