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Karzai's brother survives attack
Brother of Afghanistan's president believes ambush was assassination attempt.
Last Modified: 18 May 2009 14:15 GMT
Hamid Karzai has also escaped several assassination attempts since he took power [AFP]

The brother of Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, has survived an attack on his motorcade, which killed one of his bodyguards.

Ahmad Wali Karzai, head of the provincial government council in southern Kandahar, said he was ambushed on his way to Kabul, the capital, by Taliban fighters, in what he believes was an assassination attempt.

"We were driving to Kabul. All of a sudden we were attacked from the mountains by rockets and PK machine-guns," he told the AFP news agency.

"I didn't stop, the vehicles in the back stopped and exchanged fire with the attackers."

Wali Karzai said his convoy was attacked by men in Surobi, a mountainous area about 40km from Kabul, as he returned from a trip to the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The provincial governor said the attackers fired rockets and machine guns at the vehicles as they travelled from the Nangarhar province.

He believes he was the target of the attack, because the men fired only at the front of the motorcade, where he was riding.

"I was the target. The attack was against me," he said, but did not say who they might be.

The attack comes three months before Karzai stands for re-election in the war-torn country's second presidential ballot.

Karzai has escaped several assassination attempts himself since he took power after the fall of the Taliban government.

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