KABUL (AFP) – A suicide bomber walked into the offices of Kabul’s police chief on Sunday and detonated his explosives, killing a senior aide in an attack that highlighted poor security in the Afghan capital.
City police chief Zahir Zahir, who was at work when the blast erupted, said the attacker had evaded several checkpoints at the force’s heavily-guarded headquarters.
“I’m fine, but one of my best officers, my chief of staff Yassin Khan, was killed and six were wounded,” Zahir told AFP, speaking just an hour after surviving the apparent assassination attempt.
Zahir said closed-circuit cameras showed that the attacker, who was dressed as a civilian, carried papers under his arm and did not use the building’s main gate. He was only stopped when he tried to enter the police chief’s room.
The Taleban claimed responsibility for the attack.
“This morning at around 9am, a martyrdom attack was carried out against the enemy which killed a lot of them,” Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taleban spokesman, said on his Twitter account.
“The attack was carried out… inside Kabul police HQ while foreign advisers and police were meeting.” There were no reports of foreign casualties, and the Taleban often exaggerate death tolls after attacks.