A suicide bomber, reportedly with explosives concealed in his turban, killed Kandahar mayor Ghulam Haider Hamidi this morning. Journalists based in Kandahar and Kabul broke the news on Twitter and shared reactions.
According to the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary, the bomber arrived at the mayor’s office with a group of men who wanted to discuss a dispute related to land ownership and property destruction. Intelligence agents told Sarwary that the disguised attacker breached several layers of security in the mayor’s compound.
“Hamidi’s death exacerbates the politics of uncertainty shivering across Afghanistan,” Julius Cavendish wrote, later asking “Do turban bombs make forensic investigations harder? How much of the head is left? How to tell who the bomber was?”
“Mayor Hamidi, a good man and a friend was killed in Kandahar this morning. My heart goes out to his family,” wrote Matt Aikins. Tom Peter echoed that sentiment, tweeting, “Mayor was a good hearted man with a kind family. Some of the friendliest people I met in Kandahar. Thoughts are w/ them.”
Erin Cunningham, who conducted one of the last interviews with the mayor before he was killed, tweeted, “Yesterday, Hamidi was optimistic about the future of Kandahar. Said he was offered positions in Kabul but loved his job at city hall.”
The Taliban have reportedly claimed responsibility for the killing, the second assassination of a high-profile Kandahar politician this month.