Suicide Bomber Kills 4 at Karzai Memorial

High-level Afghans worry about attacks from the inside
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2011 7:29 AM CDT
Suicide Bomber Kills 4 at Karzai Memorial
Afghan President Hamid Karzai offer prayers during the funeral of his half brother Ahmed Wali Karzai, who was killed by his close associate in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.   (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

(Newser) – A suicide bomber detonated today at a memorial for the slain half-brother of Hamid Karzai, killing four in an attack that comes as prominent Afghans rethink their own security in the wake of Ahmed Wali Karzai's assassination, allegedly at the hands of a close family associate. The Afghan president wasn't present at the service, but a number of high-level officials were and a noted cleric was among the dead, the LA Times reports. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

The Taliban, which takes credit for the Karzai hit, has pulled off several such inside hits this year, making it harder than ever for politicians tasked with salvaging a turbulent nation to know who to trust with their very lives, reports the Washington Post. Many members of parliament rely on bodyguards recruited and provided by the government, which employs a vetting process identical to the one used by the country's police—which insurgents have reportedly managed to work their way into in recent months. “If they can kill Ahmed Wali, then they can kill any of us,” says one parliamentarian, who yesterday shook up her entire security detail. "I'm not safe even in my bedroom." (Read more Ahmad Wali Karzai stories.)

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