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Afghan unrest: US condemns Kandahar mayor killing

The mayor of the volatile Afghan city of Kandahar, Ghulam Haidar Hameedi, has been killed in a suicide attack.

The attacker detonated explosives in his turban as the mayor made an address at the city hall, police said.

Ryan Crocker, US ambassador to Afghanistan, said the US condemned the killing "in the strongest possible terms" and offered its condolences to Mr Hameedi's family.

Two weeks ago, President Hamid Karzai's influential half-brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, was killed in the same city.

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