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    Karzai condoles with Abdullah over Nayef’s death

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday extended his condolences to Saudi Arabia King Abdullah over the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz.

    Nayef, a half-brother of King Abdullah and the kingdom’s long-serving interior minister, died on Saturday, the state television announced.

    The 79-year-old, who recently left Saudi Arabia for medical treatment, “died outside the kingdom,” said the Al-Ekhbariyah Television, quoting a statement from the royal court.

    His funeral would be held on Sunday after sunset prayers in the holy city of Makkah, after his body is repatriated.

    Nayef, who led an iron-fisted crackdown on Al Qaeda following a wave of attacks in Saudi Arabia between 2003 and 2006, became heir to the throne in October last year after the death of crown prince Sultan, his full brother.

    In his message, Karzai extended deep condolences to the Saudi people, government and the royal family over Nayef’s death. He said Afghans shared the grief of their Saudi brethren.

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