Afghan President Karzai's half-brother killed
Published 12/07/2011 | 11:33
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's half-brother, a lightning rod for criticism of all that is wrong with the Afghan government, was assassinated at his home in southern Afghanistan today, an official said.
Ahmad Wali Karzai was shot dead this morning said Zalmai Ayubi, the spokesman for Kandahar province.
Ahmad Wali Karzai, who was head of the Kandahar provincial council, was seen as a political liability for the Karzai government - a symbol of cronyism and a lightning rod for criticism of all that is wrong with the Karzai administration.
However, President Karzai defended him often, denouncing accusations that his brother was involved in criminal activities.
One of Ahmed Wali Karzai's private security team killed him with an AK-47, according to an eye-witness.
Rangina Hamidi, a resident of Kandahar and daughter of the city's mayor, said he is survived by five children - two sons and three daughters.
"It is his one-month-old child who is never going to see his father that I cry about," she said sobbing on the phone. "How many orphans and widows are we creating in this country?"