Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother Ahmad Wali Karzai was killed on Tuesday. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
"Ahmad Wali Karzai, the head of Kandahar's Provincial Council and the brother of President Hamid Karzai was martyred in his house Tuesday morning," a short statement released by Kandahar's provincial administration asserted.
Spokesman for Kandahar's government Zalmai Ayubi also in talks with Xinhua confirmed that Wali Karzai is dead but did not give more details.
Meantime, an official on the condition of anonymity said that the younger Karzai was killed by one of his bodyguards.
The late Wali Karzai, according to the official, used harsh language against the bodyguard which infuriated him and prompted him to shot dead the head of Kandahar's provincial council.
On the other hand, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit in talks with media via telephone from undisclosed location, claimed of responsibility, saying one of Wali Karzai's bodyguards worked for Taliban gunned down the president Karzai's younger brother in his home this morning.
The assailant, according to reports, was also killed by another bodyguard.
Meantime, President Hamid Karzai in a sharp reaction expressed regret over the sudden death of his younger brother and hoped that the "miseries of the people of Afghanistan will end one day."