The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assassination of President Hamid Karzai’s younger brother on Tuesday, calling it “one of our biggest achievements” in nearly a decade of war. Taliban spokesman Usuf Ahmadi said that the group had recently assigned a gunman to kill Ahmed Wali Karzai, a hugely powerful and controversial figure in the Afghan south.
A senior official in Afghanistan’s spy agency said the younger Karzai had been shot dead in his home by an old friend called “Sardar Mohammad” who was killed by bodyguards following the assassination. “This is one of our biggest achievements since the (spring) operation began. We assigned Sardar Mohammad to kill him recently and Sardar Mohammad is also martyred,” said Ahmadi.