Update: Ahmed Wali Karzai has died in the hospital after he was shot at his home, reportedly by his own body guard. Karzai has been described as being on the CIA payroll as well as involved in the opium trade. He often was a embarrassment to his President brother and problematic in U.S. Relations.
The half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been wounded in an assassination attempt, reports say.
Ahmad Wali Karzai, the younger half-brother of the Afghan president and leader of the Kandahar Provincial Council, was severely injured in a shooting incident, reports say.
A controversial politician, some see him as a defender of Pashtun rights.
Critics say he is a warlord mired in corruption. He has survived attempts on his life before, most recently in 2009.
Initial reports suggest Mr Karzai was shot by his bodyguard in his house in Kandahar.
Hamid Karzai’s Youngest Brother Ahmad Wali Karzai Is Killed By One Of His Own Bodyguards
One of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s brothers has reportedly been shot dead by a bodyguard – with reports the Taliban have claimed responsibility.
Ahmad Wali Karzai during a press conference in 2008
An official said Ahmad Wali Karzai was gunned down at his house in Kandahar.
The Taliban is reportedly describing the killing as one of its “biggest achievements”.
Sky News sources say he was shot with an AK-47.
Mr Karzai, who was head of the Kandahar provincial council, had become a political liability for the Karzai government.
But the President repeatedly defended him, denouncing accusations that his brother was involved in criminal activities.
“I confirm that Ahmad Wali was killed inside his house,” said Zalmay Ayoubi, spokesman for the governor of Kandahar provinc