KABUL, Afghanistan – The director of Afghanistan’s spy agency was improving Friday after treatment for wounds he suffered when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device a day earlier at a Directorate of National Security guest house in the capital, officials said.
"By God the great, the health condition of Asadullah Khalid . . . is acceptable and is getting better,’’ the Directorate of National Security said in a statement.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which occurred as Khalid, 43, was greeting a visitor to the guest house in an upscale neighborhood of Kabul. The spy agency said the bomber, who was reportedly killed in the blast, had hidden the bomb in his underwear.
The agency said the attacker posed as a peace envoy from the Taliban. The Taliban used a similar tactic in September 2011, when a suicide bomber with explosives hidden in his turban killed former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani and four other members of the government-backed High Peace Council seeking negotiations with the Taliban.