Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mayor Of Kandahr Killed In Suicide Bombing

Another victim was added to the string of assassinations by the Taliban in Afghanistan as Ghulam Haidar Hamidi, mayor of Kandahar, Afghanistan was killed today in a suicide bombing attack.

Hamidi, a U.S. citizen, was killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a corridor near Hamidi's office. The mayor was meeting elders from a city district when one of them got close to the mayor and detonated a bomb hidden in his turban.

Hamidi is just the latest in a series of killings carried out by the Taliban as they seek to assert control over Afghanistan as the US prepares to pull out. Two of Hamidi's deputy mayors were killed in attacks by insurgents last year, and in the last four months the provincial police chief, top cleric and leading powerbroker, President Hamid Karzai's half-brother, have all been assassinated.

There will likely be more of these the closer the US withdrawal date gets.

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