Afghan Spy Chief Wounded by Underpants Bomber
[An Nahar] The jacket wallah who tried to assassinate Afghanistan's spy chief detonated a bomb hidden in his underwear, the intelligence agency said Friday.
Asadullah Khalid, who heads the National Directorate of Security (NDS), was targeted by a bomber posing as a Taliban peace envoy in a spy agency guesthouse in the upscale Kabul district of Taimani on Thursday.
| Right about now that jacket wallah is grateful his attempt succeeded. Life after a semi-successful pantibomb attempt isn't worth thinking about.|
Khalid was maimed in the attack and is now being treated at a U.S.-run military hospital outside Kabul where he is in a stable condition, security sources have said.
On Friday, the NDS said that he was "recovering" and in a "satisfactory" condition.
Investigators found that "the organizers of this suicide kaboom... skilfully placed the explosives in the underpants and around the genitals of the suicide attacker," the spy agency said in a statement.
This "runs against all Islamic and Afghani principles", it added.
| To much information, guys.|
It is believed to be the first time in Afghanistan that a suicide bomber has carried the explosives in his underpants. The tactic was made notorious on Christmas Day 2009 by an al-Qaeda agent who tried to blow up an American airliner.
| But turban bombs are universally admired for their cleverness.|
Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who was caught while trying to detonate the plastic explosives aboard a flight from Amsterdam to the U.S., is serving life imprisonment. His capture led to even stricter searches in some airports, including scanners which show victims in the nude.
The fact that an assassin was able to get so close to one of Afghanistan's most prominent officials had raised questions about whether the visitor was an insider known to Khalid.
But the revelation that the explosives were hidden in his underpants could also suggest that he might not have been thoroughly searched on that part of his body -- an omission in many security searches in Afghanistan.
Posted by: Fred