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Afghanistan Bombing Hamid Karzai Kandahar Mosque Suicide Terrorism

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Bomber kills four at memorial for Karzai's brother

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Afghans mourn at a grave yard after burying Ahmad Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzai's brother who was killed by a bodyguard on Tuesday, in Kandahar province 13 July 2011 Reuters/Ahmad Nadeem

A suicide bomber on Thursday attacked a mosque in Kandahar during a memorial service for the assassinated half-brother of the Afghan president Hamid Karzai, officials said.


Four people were killed including a senior cleric. No group has so far admitted carrying out the attack.

Interior ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqi said 13 other people were wounded in the attack, where cabinet ministers visiting from the capital Kabul had been in attendance.

The head of the religious council for the southern province of Kandahar, Hikmatullah Hikmat, was among those killed, the government said.

"The bombing was in a corner of the mosque. It's a big mosque," he said, adding that it was the venue for a service in memory of Ahmed Wali Karzai, the younger brother of the Afghan president shot dead at home on Tuesday.

Ahmad Wali Karzai, a key figure in Nato's battle against the Taliban, was killed by his bodyguard.

President Karzai flew into Kandahar for his brother's funeral on Wednesday, but did not attend Thursday's service.