Huge bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan

A huge coordinated bombings detonated in the center of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday night, flattening a two-story building, destroying 20 homes and shaking the entire city, witnesses and officials said.

Provincial officials initially said that five car bombs had been involved in the blast, but later said the blast appeared to be from a single, massive truck bomb outside the headquarters of a Japanese construction company.

The explosion took place shortly after the first results were announced in the presidential election.

Kandahār (کندهار or قندهار) is the second largest city in Afghanistan. It is the capital of Kandahar province, located in the south of the country.

Ahmed Wali Karzai

Ahmad Wali Khan Karzai, younger brother of Hamid Karzai, is the representative for southern Afghanistan in Kandahar, he was chosen as a representative and was elected to the Kandahar Provincial Council in 2005.

It has been alleged that he is a prominent figure in the drug trade, controlling a significant proportion of Afghan heroin production. Numerous reports link Ahmed Wali Karzai to the drug trade, according to current and former officials from the White House, the State Department and the United States Embassy in Afghanistan, who would speak only on the condition of anonymity.

In meetings with President Karzai the Central Intelligence Agency’s station chief and their British counterparts, American officials have talked about the allegations in hopes that the president might move his brother out of the country.

Ahmed Wali Karzai has survived at least two bomb attacks against his office in Kandahar: one in November 2008 and the other in April 2009.

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