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Afghan President Names Replacement for Assassinated Half Brother

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) -- Grieving Afghan President Hamid Karzai wasted no time in nominating another family member to take the place of his half-brother Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of Kandahar’s provincial council, who was assassinated by his bodyguard on Tuesday.

Wali Karzai was considered one of the most influential men in southern Afghanistan, as both a power broker and accused drug lord who nonetheless was a crucial member of President Karzai's administration.

The president was visibly shaken Wednesday as he said goodbye to his half-brother at the graveyard in Karz, where his father -- who was killed by the Taliban in 1999 -- is also buried.  Thousands attended the funeral.

Afterward, Shah Wali Karzai was nominated by President Karzai as the elder of the family and leader of his Populzai tribe.  The gesture was seen as one to consolidate the president's power in Kandahar as well as unite the various tribes against the Taliban.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai Buries Half-Brother Amid Violence

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) -- As expected, Wednesday's funeral for President Hamid Karzai's half-brother in Afghanistan didn’t go without incident.

As thousands of people joined the Afghan president in mourning Ahmed Wali Karzai's death, two members of the Afghan intelligence service -- traveling with Helmand provincial Gov. Gulab Mangal -- were injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

Many predicted on Tuesday that violence could increase in light of the power vacuum left by the controversial figure's death.

Wali Karzai, who was considered one of the most powerful men in Afghanistan and had alleged ties to the country's opium trade, was shot and killed by a guard at his home in Kandahar on Tuesday.  The Taliban has since taken credit for the assassination.

On Wednesday, President Karzai, joined by tribal leaders and government officials, attended a prayer service in Kandahar and then traveled to the nearby village of Karz to bury Wali Karzai. The BBC reports the Afghan president wept and kissed his half-brother's face at the gravesite.

The security detail around Karzai was tight, with helicopters hovering overheard and troops being deployed on the ground, according to the BBC.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai's Half Brother Killed in Kandahar

STR/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was shot and killed at his home in Kandahar on Tuesday, ABC News has learned.

According to officials in Kandahar Province, Ahmed Wali Karzai was gunned down by a guard during a family gathering.  He died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

Wali Karzai was a controversial figure and considered one of the most powerful men in Afghanistan, with alleged ties to the country's opium trade.  He's also been alleged to have been on the payroll of the CIA.

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