July 27th, 2011
09:31 AM ET

A series of assassinations

The assassination of Kandahar's mayor Ghulam Haidar Hamidi is the latest in a string of killings across the country, and the most recent for a region that appears to be deadly for high-ranking officials.

- Two deputy mayors of Kandahar City have been gunned down by militants in the past year, according to the governor's office.

- Kandahar Police Chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid was also killed by a suicide bomber in April.

- Perhaps the most high-profile attack occurred earlier this month when Kandahar's provincial council chief Ahmed Wali Karzai - the president's half-brother and an influential power-broker in country's south - was gunned down by a longtime bodyguard inside his home. The Taliban also claimed responsibility for that attack, though rumors soon swirled that his death could also have been the result of a murder over personal grievances.

- During a remembrance ceremony for the president's half-brother at a Kandahar mosque two days after his death, a suicide bomber slipped into the building and killed six people, wounding 15 others.

- Within the next week, a key political adviser to the Afghan president and a Parliament member were gunned down in a home west of Kabul.

The killings have taken place just as a security transfer to Afghan control and a NATO draw-down is underway.


Filed under: Kandahar • Taliban
July 27th, 2011
09:21 AM ET

2010 interview with Kandahar mayor

Ghulam Haidar Hamidi, the mayor of Afghanistan's Kandahar city, was killed in a suicide bomb attack Wednesday, the latest in a series of recent high-profile assassinations the Taliban have taken responsibility for.

The mayor was killed during a city hall meeting in the provincial capital when explosives detonated inside the turban of his attacker, according to Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor's office.

In 2010, CNN's Jill Dougherty got a behind-the-scenes look at the mayor and city hall:


Filed under: Kandahar