Adviser to Afghan president murdered: Official

A senior adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been murdered at his home.

Updated: Jul 17, 2011, 23:42 PM IST

Kabul: A senior adviser to Afghan
President Hamid Karzai has been murdered at his home near the
parliament in Kabul, a senior government official said on Sunday.

Jan Mohammad Khan, former governor of southern Uruzgan
province and a key ally of the embattled president, was killed
in an attack that was still ongoing, according to Afghan news
channel Tolo TV.

The killing comes less than a week after the
president`s half-brother Ahmed Wali Karzai was assassinated by
a close friend at his home in the southern province of
Kandahar, birthplace of the Taliban.

"He (Khan) was very close to Karzai. He was as
important as AWK (Ahmed Wali Karzai)," said the official,
speaking on condition of anonymity.

Like Karzai, Khan hailed from a powerful family
from the Popalzai tribe in Afghanistan`s restive south.

According to the independent website
afghan-bios.info, Khan`s nephew runs a 3,000-strong militia in
Uruzgan.

His death will further inflame the volatile
politics of the southern region, where the Taliban are
battling US-led troops for control of the area.

Analysts have already warned that Tuesday`s killing
of Wali Karzai may trigger a turf war for control of the
critical southern heartland that could embolden the Taliban
and reverse NATO gains.

The deaths come at a critical juncture, just days
after 3,000 Canadian troops ended their combat mission in
Kandahar and in the same week that Washington started troop
drawdowns, a gradual process due to end in late 2014.

Bureau Report