CTV News.ca Staff
Date: Wed. Jul. 27 2011 8:31 AM ET
The mayor of Kandahar was assassinated Wednesday in an attack that comes less than one month after Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother was murdered.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for both attacks, which come amid a wave of violence as NATO's military operations in Afghanistan begin to wind down.
Ghulam Haider Hamidi was killed Wednesday at city hall when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb that was hidden in his turban.
The mayor has family in Toronto and spent 30 years living in Arlington, Va., where he worked as an accountant.
In 2007 Karzai appointed Hamidi as mayor of Kandahar, and he returned to his homeland after 30 years in exile.
The fiery official had recently claimed he was waging "jihad" against corruption in the capital of the violent province, and had dismissed a number of municipal officials who were working as engineers without the proper credentials.