Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Karzai Brother, Ahmed, Bumped Off in Kandahar
The controversial brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai has been murdered by his bodyguard in Kandahar. Ahmed Karzai was gunned down in his home by one of his bodyguards who was then cut down by other guards.
The younger Karzai was head of the provincial council in southern Kandahar province. He was also reputed to be a major drug baron who operated with impunity under the protection of old brother, Hamid.
In the past six years, Mr Karzai built up a formidable power base using a network of tribal elders, senior members of the security forces and warlords to extend his influence in Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban.
Although sometimes at odds with his older brother, he formed a key pillar in the patronage system that President Karzai used to project influence into the south.