Ghulam Haider Hamidi

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Ghulam Haider Hamidi
غلام حیدر حمیدی
Mayor of Kandahar
In office
February 2006 – 27 July 2011
Succeeded by Muhammad Nasim Naseem (interim)
Personal details
Born 1947[1]
Arghandab District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
Died 27 July 2011 (aged 65)[2]
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Nationality Afghan-American
Alma mater Kabul University
Occupation Mayor, accountant

Ghulam Haider Hamidi (Pashto: غلام حیدر حمیدی‎, also spelled Ghulam Haidar Hameedi and also known as Henry Hamidi; 1945 – 27 July 2011) was the Mayor of Kandahar in Afghanistan. During Taliban rule, his family fled to Pakistan, then to the United States.

Hamidi graduated from Kabul University with a degree in finance. [3] He spent a brief period in Pakistan and lived in the United States for almost nineteen years. He settled in the Washington, D.C. area, and worked as an accountant at Trans Am Travel, a wholesale travel agency in Alexandria, Virginia.[4] In 2007, he returned to Afghanistan when the country was under the Karzai administration.[1]

On 27 July 2011, Hamidi was killed in Kandahar by a man who had hidden explosives inside his turban. The target killing or assassination was blamed on the Taliban insurgents, who are guided and supported by foreign elements such as Pakistan's ISI spy agency[5][6] and Iran's Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force.[7][8][9][10]

Two other associates of Afghan President Hamid Karzai – his half brother Ahmad Wali Karzai and Jan Mohammad Khan – were assassinated in the weeks that preceded Haider's killing.[11] Two of Hamidi's deputies and a police chief were previously assassinated. Hamidi himself survived a 2009 bomb attack on his car.[12]


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  7. ^ Jha, Lalit K (March 16, 2011). "Concern in US over increasing Iranian activity in Afghanistan". Pajhwok Afghan News. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ O'Rourke, Breffni (April 18, 2007). "Afghanistan: U.S. Says Iranian-Made Weapons Found". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Afghans find tons of explosive devices transferred from Iran". CNN. October 6, 2010. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ Is Iran Supporting the Insurgency in Afghanistan?
  11. ^ Amir Shah, Patrick Quinn, Heidi Vogt, Rahim Faiez, Kathy Gannon (2011-07-27). "Ghulam Haider Hamidi Assassinated: Mayor Of Kandahar Killed By Suicide Bomber, Say Afghan Officials". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2012-04-15. The slaying of Mayor Ghulam Haider Hamidi was the third killing of a Karzai associate in a little more than two weeks. 
  12. ^ "Ghulam Haider Hamidi". The Economist. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2012.