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Friday, 6 September, 2002, 10:52 GMT 11:52 UK
In pictures: Attempt on Afghan leader's life
Afghan President Hamid Karzai escaped an assassination attempt in the southern city of Kandahar on Thursday.

Attacker being tackled by security forces
The uniformed gunman was wrestled to the ground and shot dead by Karzai's US bodyguards

Car after the attempt
The lone attacker had fired four shots into the car, narrowly missing Karzai

Soldiers
There was chaos as security forces and Afghan people rushed to ensure the president was safe

Karzai at Kandahar mosque
The incident happened when Karzai was in Kandahar for his brother's wedding and many turned out to greet him

Hamid Karzai in his car seconds before the assassination attempt
His convoy slowed as Karzai stopped to speak to one well-wisher, then shots rang out

Soldiers waving people away
Afghan soldiers hurried to seal off the scene...

Afghan soldiers stand over the bodies of the assailant, one of Karzai's bodyguards and a third man
...and inspect the body of the gunman, said to be Abdul Rahman, from Kajaki in the province of Helmand

US special forces
Meanwhile US special forces urgently checked the area nearby

Hamid Karzai speaking to the BBC shortly after the assassination attempt
But speaking after his miraculous escape the Afghan leader calmly reassured the BBC that he was "fine"


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