Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The mayor of Kandahar died in an attack

The mayor of Kandahar, Ghulam Haider Hameedi, died today in an attack in the council of this restive city in southern Afghanistan, as reported by official sources quoted by the local AIP. The attack occurred when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in a hallway near the mayor's office, as indicated by the provincial government spokesman Zalmay Ayoubi.

Apparently, the terrorist encondía the bomb in the turban. The mayor was meeting with some leaders of a district of Kandahar city when one of them approached him and detonated the bomb, as noted by the chief of police of the city, Abdul Razaq. Hamidi's death occurs at an awkward time, just as there is a dangerous power vacuum in the volatile province of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban and a focus of recent efforts of U.S. troops to quell the thrust of the insurgency.

The attack happened only two weeks after the assassination of the brother of Afghan President and head of the provincial council in Kandahar, Ahmed Wali Karzai, one of the most powerful and controversial men in southern Afghanistan. Karzai bodyguard was killed by a trusted family at his home in the city of Kandahar on July 12 as part of the campaign of Taliban attacks against members of the local administration.

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