October 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Kandahar deputy mayor laid to rest

Family and friends buried the deputy mayor of Kandahar, Afghanistan on Tuesday, a day after he was shot while traveling home from work.

"Several young men on motorcycles came up on either side of his car and shot him," said Maj. Bruce Drake, a spokesman for US and NATO forces in southern Afghanistan.

Local Afghan officials say the gunmen escaped. Doctors struggled to save the deputy mayor, Noor Ahmad Nazari - first at a hospital in Kandahar, and then at the foreign military hospital at the sprawling NATO airbase on the outskirts of the city.

"This is bad news for us," said Zalmai Ayudi, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar. "This was the tactic of the insurgents. As soon as the pressure comes on them at the village level, they show their presence."

Nazari had been in office for a few months when he was killed. He took the position after his predecessor, Azizullah Yarmal, was killed last spring while praying in a mosque.

Assassinations have become a weekly, if not daily, occurrence over the past year in Afghanistan's largest southern city.

"Where before you had power brokers being eliminated, now you have their brothers and nephews being eliminated because they are seen as rivals," said Candace Rondeaux, senior Kabul-based analyst with the International Crisis Group.

"It's an extremely dangerous time to be involved in any way in politics in Kandahar and I think it will remain that way as long as American operations continue there," Rondeaux said.

Kandahar had been the governing capital of Afghanistan until a U.S. bombing campaign led to the swift collapse of the Taliban government in 2001.

Today, international and Afghan forces are struggling to win back territory in surrounding districts from tenacious Taliban fighters. Before dawn on Tuesday, a series of rockets roared up over the city, leaving blinding white, comet-like trails.

The dramatic show of military force was part of a US attack on a suspected insurgent target, a NATO spokesman later said.

"Task Force Raider fired 8 rockets at a suspected home-made explosives manufacturing facility," said Drake, speaking by telephone from Kandahar Air Field. "They destroyed about 1,000 pounds of explosive."

Drake said he believed the explosives-making facility was on the outskirts of Kandahar, while Task Force Rider is based in the city.

Insurgents have scattered of primitive, but deadly road-side bombs across Afghanistan. Often made out of fertilizer, they are the deadliest threat facing American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Coalition spokesmen said improvised explosive devices killed one foreign soldier in two southern provinces on Monday - one in Uruzgan and the other in Zabul. 2010 has been the deadliest year yet for foreign troops nine-year conflict against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

CNN's Matiullah Mati contributed to this report

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Eropourry

    mit kerestem, koszonom

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  2. Jimmy

    Did you take your meds?

    October 6, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Death and the wrath of God awaits these murderous thugs of the terrorists who belong to the truth of 360 degrees! They have no concern for the lives and well being of the Afghan people! They only want to enforce their hideous laws to terrorize the people so that they can control the people and have their way with them to stay in power! But good will always overcome evil!

    October 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      If what you just said about good triumphing over evil is true,it means but one thing and that is that we won't win in Afghanistan.Afghanistan belongs to the Afghans and nobody else and and all this right-wing mumbo-jumbo won't change it!

      October 5, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      The truth of 360 degrees is that these people are the most evil minded and devilish people the world has ever seen!

      October 6, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. dindy Sri lanka

    He got what he had coming. Like USMC Forever just said,nobody likes a traitor and that includes me!

    October 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      Well put,dindy.

      October 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

        Hey dindy-2 do you think we fooled them all yet?

        October 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. S R Wakankar

    Hindu Islam is the answer to Arab Islam.That is Non-Arab Islam of Non-Arab Asia which is quite different from this aberration called Arab Islam which is "for the Arab, by the Arab, of the Arab".Otherwise,it is sheer IMPERIALISM.Whole AfPak is OLD HINDUSTAN.It is the cradle of Hindu Islam which is Vedic/Indic,not Koranic or Arabic.The indigenous stream of this ancient Hindu Islam is the KEY to solve this problem as I have said so often.Pakistan will have to come on this path, only then the problem would solve.To say that Arab Islam is the only Islam is not true.Non-Arab Asia(ie Hindu Asia's) non-Arab Islam is no less than Arab Islam in any way, but due to medieval Arab/Muslim Imperialism,it swept the whole area like a whirlwind.But they could not uproot or totally annihilate Hindu religion and culture;Hindus faced the challenge inspite of total military/political collapse.They destroyed our temples a thousand times,but temples came up again and again and challenged them.India could not be made Muslim 100%,like Iran.This is the hidden strength of Hindu India.Let us bring back AfPak to this original line-the Hindu Line which means RESISTANCE to the INVADER and no compromise with whatever he had to offer in the name of Allah or Islam.This is the ideological position where we have to hold fast in any case.Not only AfPak, but with Iran also,we have to follow the non-Arab line.

    October 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • 7-year-old boy accused of being a spy was hanged by Taliban

      Well said, kudos

      October 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. USMC Forever

    Another Benedict Arnold laid to rest.I guess that every country has a policy against treachery including Afghanistan! Nobody likes a traitor.

    October 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Military-Industrial-Complex Predator Drone Right Wing Thug Hindu Pot Head Man God

      In that case, you must have a pretty powerful case of self-loathing, USMC Forever.

      October 5, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Quit stealing my id, low life pos

      October 5, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |