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Afghan president attends funeral of slain brother

Afghan president attends funeral of slain brother

Thousands of people gathered in southern Afghanistan to mourn the death of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's powerful half brother, who was assassinated in his home by a close associate.
The president, joined by tribal leaders, government officials and others, attended a prayer service on Wednesday morning in Kandahar and then traveled to the nearby village of Karz to bury Ahmed Wali Karzai.
Wali Karzai's slaying on Tuesday leaves a dangerous power vacuum in the south as the government pursues peace talks with insurgents ahead of a U.S. withdrawal.
Two members of the Afghan intelligence service traveling to the funeral with Helmand provincial governor Gulab Mangal were injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Kandahar's Maiwand district.


Updated : 2020-11-30 20:32 GMT+08:00