Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, said Saturday that the suicide bomber who attacked their new intelligence chief came from Pakistan, with the help of a sophisticated foreign intelligence service, according to The New York Times.
Asadullah Khalid suffered severe injuries after an attempt on his life by a suicide bomber, according The New York Times. Afghan's president said he would seek explanations from Pakistan's president when they meet later this month, according to the Star Tribune.
President Karzai admits that security screening had failed to do a thorough search on the bomber because the bomb was hidden around his groin and it went against traditional Afghan customs.
Although President Karzai is placing blame on Pakistan, the Taliban have taken responsibility for the attack, according to The New York Times.
"This is not the work of Taliban," he said in an interview to The New York Times. "This is a very professional and well-engineered attack. Taliban are not able to do this, but there are strong and skilled hands involved in the attack."
Khalid is known for publicly opposing the Taliban, according to The New York Times. However, there is no evidence linking Pakistan to the attack.
President Karzai also added that the assassination attempt has weakened progress toward peace negotiations between the countries.
"Whenever the peace talks are getting closer to a conclusion or success being achieved in the peace process or hopes being achieved, we face such attacks," Karzai said in the same interview.
No information has been released about the attacker, according to The New York Times. Khalid is receiving medical treatments at a facility at Bagram Air Base, according to The New York Times.