Karzai’s relative killed by coalition forces


KANDAHAR – A relative of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been killed by international forces, Karzai’s brother and officials said on Thursday. The president’s brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, told AFP that a relative, who he described as “our father’s cousin,” was shot dead near his home in the family’s village in southern Kandahar province by the US-led NATO force overnight.
“It was a mistake,” Ahmad Wali Karzai said. “The forces conducted an operation, he was at his home, he came out and was shot.” The president was said to be “extremely sad” at the news, his spokesman said. Ahmad Wali Karzai, a senior provincial politician who denies frequent accusations of involvement in the drugs trade, said: “It was a mistake. What can you do about it?”