Suicide bomber kills Afghan intelligence officer

Taliban have stepped up attacks on individuals aligned with the Afghan government and coalition forces.

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2011, 16:29 PM IST

Kabul: A suicide bomber has blown himself up in southern Afghanistan, killing one Afghan intelligence service officer and wounding three others.

Lutfullah Mashal, a spokesman for the Afghan intelligence service, says the officers, acting on suspicions, stopped a car on Thursday in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province.

A gunbattle broke out between the intelligence officers and two suicide bombers inside the car. One bomber was killed in the car. He says the other bomber, who was injured, got out of the car, fell to the ground and acted as if he was dead.

When the intelligence officers walked toward him, he detonated his vest full of explosives.

In recent months, the Taliban have stepped up attacks on individuals aligned with the Afghan government and coalition forces.

Bureau Report