The half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been assassinated in Kandahar, officials say.
Ahmad Wali Karzai, a leading power broker in the country's south, was shot dead at his home in a blow to Nato's battle against the Taliban in the area.
He was shot twice by his long-time head of security Sardar Mohammed, was also killed .
The Taliban said they carried out the attack, calling it one of their top achievements in 10 years of war.
Sardar Mohammed's motives remain unclear, but the killing will raise questions about securing Afghanistan's top officials.
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He was a very corrupt man, involved heavily in the heroin trade. But he was NATO's little buddy. And if they can' protect their friends, how are they going to help anyone else?