- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s cousin, a powerful ally of Ashraf Ghani — a candidate for president — was killed Tuesday by a suicide bomber who struck at his home.

Hashmat Khalil Karzai was hosting an affair to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday at his residence when the bomb detonated. The man carrying the bomb had posed as a guest to gain entrance to the home, Reuters reported.

A spokesman for the governor’s office in the southern province of Kandahar said the suicide bomber had been well-dressed.

“His style was very modern, everything was new, and when he came to talk with Hashmat Khalil and wish him a happy Eid, he blew himself up,” the spokesman said, Reuters reported.

So far, nobody’s claimed responsibility for the attack.



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