Afghan spy chief Asadullah Khalid wounded in Kabul attack
Afghan intelligence chief Asadullah Khalid has been wounded in a suspected suicide bombing in Kabul. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) head was injured in his lower body by the blast, interior ministry officials told the BBC.
The explosion took place in the Taymeni area of central Kabul. The Taliban said they carried out the attack.
An intelligence official said the bombing took place in one of many guesthouses used by Mr Khalid. Another intelligence official told the BBC that Mr Khalid was "safe" but did not elaborate on his condition.
However, a Western diplomat told the AFP news agency that he had been seriously wounded. Afghan officials also told AFP that he was now in hospital receiving blood transfusions.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai described the attack as "a cowardly act of terrorism".
He said that Mr Khalid is being operated on and doctors had told him that the intelligence chief "is doing well".
The attack is similar to a suicide bombing in September 2011 that killed the chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council, Burhanuddin Rabbani, officials say.
Posted by: tipper 2012-12-06