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Grief-stricken Hamid Karzai climbs into assassinated brother's grave

Ahmad Nadeem / Reuters

Afghan President Hamid Karzai looks down at the grave of his brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, during his burial ceremony in Kandahar province, Wednesday, July 13. Afghan President Hamid Karzai wept and kissed his dead brother's face as thousands of mourners gathered on Wednesday for the burial of Ahmad Wali Karzai, whose assassination a day earlier has left a power vacuum in Afghanistan's volatile south.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai buried his assassinated brother on Wednesday in a village just outside Kandahar.

NBC, msnbc.com and news services report that Ahmed Wali Karzai, a younger half-brother of the president and one of the most powerful and controversial men in southern Afghanistan, was buried on Wednesday morning in the family's ancestral village of Karz, about 12 miles from Kandahar city.

Thousands of people attended the funeral, but their voices were drowned out by the wailing of the grief-stricken president, who climbed into the grave and had to be persuaded to leave by relatives. Continue reading...

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