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Wounded Afghan Spy Chief Returns From United States

April 03, 2013

by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

KABUL -- Afghanistan's intelligence chief, who was wounded by a suicide bomber, has returned home after four months of medical treatment in the United States.

Asadullah Khalid, the head of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS), arrived in Kabul on April 3.

Khalid suffered injuries to the lower part of his body in December after an assailant posing as a Taliban peace representative blew himself up at a NDS guesthouse.

The bomber had explosives hidden in his underwear.

Khalid was flown to a Washington hospital shortly after the attack.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Khalid was appointed as head of the intelligence agency in August.

The former government minister and governor is a staunch Taliban critic and close confidant of President Hamid Karzai.

Karzai has said the attack was planned in Pakistan, something Islamabad has denied.

With reporting by AFP

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-spy-chief-khalid-returns/24946585.html

Copyright (c) 2013. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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