The Associated Press reports:
President Hamid Karzai’s brother said Thursday that U.S.-led coalition forces mistakenly killed one of the president’s cousins during a raid in southern Afghanistan. NATO forces stormed 65-year-old Mohammad Karzai’s home in the southern city of Kandahar late Wednesday, killing him and detaining his son, according to the president’s brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai.
“He was a tribal leader. This was a mistake. He was not the target,” said Karzai, who heads the provincial council in Kandahar. The man’s son was released early Thursday. NATO said it was aware of the report but unable to immediately confirm the victim’s identity. President Karzai’s office had no immediate comment.
This will not help the United States’ already strained diplomatic relations with President Karzai.