Karzai Cousin Killed: Bomber Shook His Hand, Detonated

Ashmat Khlil Karzai was also politician in his own right

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 29, 2014 6:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – Three years after Afghan President Hamid Karzai's half-brother was assassinated—and a weeping Karzai climbed into his grave—a suicide bomber has killed Karzai's cousin, an official says. According to a rep for Kandahar province's governor, the attacker shook hands with Ashmat Khlil Karzai near the Karzai family residence before detonating a bomb hidden in his turban, the AP reports. Ashmat Khlil Karzai was also a politician who supported finance minister Ashraf Ghani to be Afghanistan's next president. Ghani and his opponent, ex-foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, have both pointed to fraud in the presidential election; yesterday, President Karzai called for a quick resolution to a ballot audit, the AP notes.

Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai, center, talks to the media representatives after Eid al-Fitr prayer at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 28, 2014.
Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai, center, talks to the media representatives after Eid al-Fitr prayer at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 28, 2014.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
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