In­tel­li­gence chief wounded in at­tack

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - Com­piled from wire re­ports

A Tal­iban sui­cide bomber tried to as­sas­si­nate the in­flu­en­tial new chief of Afghanistan’s in­tel­li­gence ser­vice at an agency guest­house in Kabul on Thurs­day, of­fi­cials said, in a brazen at­tack that left him se­ri­ously wounded and un­der­scored the in­sur­gency’s abil­ity to go af­ter those at the high­est lev­els of the government. The Na­tional Di­rec­torate of Se­cu­rity said in a state­ment that Asadul­lah Khalid had sur­vived a “cow­ardly ter­ror­ist at­tack.” It of­fered no de­tails, but his wounds ap­peared sub­stan­tial: Afghan and West­ern of­fi­cials with knowl­edge of his con­di­tion said that he had sus­tained in­juries to his chest and ab­domen.

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