Karzai advisor, lawmaker shot dead in Kabul (Second Lead)

July 18th, 2011 - 8:17 am ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, July 18 (IANS) Jan Mohammad Khan, an advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a former provincial governor, was shot dead along with a visiting lawmaker during a raid on his home here by gunmen, Xinhua reported.

The attack occurred around 8.00 p.m. Sunday. MP Hashim Watanwal who was visiting Khan’s home in Kabul’s kartai Char area was also killed, an official said requesting anonymity.

One of the attackers died in the firefight between his guards and the militants. A police officer was injured.

Witnesses said there were two or three attackers. Afghan and NATO-led troops cordoned off the area.

Zabiullah Mujahid, purported Taliban spokesman, said in an email statement to the media that his group carried out the attack. He said Khan was killed as he was helping the coalition forces in carrying out raids against the group.

Khan, a member of Popolzai Pashtun tribe, was governor of southern Uruzgan province from January 2002 to March 2006.

Khan’s killing comes less than a week after Karzai’s half-brother Ahmed Wali Karzai was assassinated by Taliban militants at his home in Kandhar last Tuesday.

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