Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai wept openly at the graveside of his younger brother who was assassinated in the southern province of Kandahar.
Ahmad Wali Karzai was shot by a trusted member of his security detail at his home in Kandahar City earlier in the day.
His murder, which has been claimed by the Taliban, leaves the already volatile south without a leader; Ahmad Wali Karzai was considered a strong force for stability.
Two explosions were heard in the city soon after the funeral.
Analyst Haroon Mir said: “After Ahmad Wali Karzai we all know that no-one else will be able to fill the vacuum and chaos might return back in Kandahar (sic) and this is a tremendous achievement for the Taliban.”
The assassin Sardar Mohammad was immediately gunned down by other bodyguards. He had known Karzai for ten years.
Ahmad Wali Karzai’s power came from his tribal and family connections and a vast fortune that he had amassed. He always denied claims that his wealth came from drugs and the CIA.