BY JIM KOURI
An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and one other suspect on Saturday. The detained Taliban leader is believed to be responsible for transporting and distributing homemade explosives and IED-making components to insurgents including those who attempted to kill a top Afghan intelligence official in Kabul on Thursday.
Afghanistan’s intelligence director escaped the terrorist assassination attempt with only minor injuries in the Afghan capital, according to an Israeli security official who monitors Islamic terrorism.
“The initial reports said the Director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) Assadullah Khalid was wounded in a suicide bombing inside the NDS compound in Taimani neighborhood on Thursday afternoon,” the Israeli official said on condition of anonymity.
A source within the Kabul police agency confirmed to Middle East news organizations that the assassination attempt failed, saying that “the attack is under investigation and the NDS chief was receiving medical treatment in a NDS hospital in Kabul.”
The National Directorate of Security released a statement saying the agency’s chief survived what it called a “cowardly terrorist attack.”
The Taliban insurgents, who have been waging an insurgency for more than one decade, launched in May this year, a rebel offensive against Afghan security forces and about 100,000 NATO forces stationed in the country.
The insurgent group has warned the civilians to stay away from official gatherings, military convoys and centers regarded as the legitimate targets by the militants besides warning people against supporting government and foreign troops.
Khalid is considered a close friend and confidant of Karzai and a rabid enemy of the Taliban. This latest incident isn’t the first time he’s been attacked. In 2007, he survived a suicide bombing in Kandahar allegedly perpetrated by the Taliban.
The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Contact Jim.