Afghanistan: Foreign agency aided bombers

Investigators have found evidence that a deadly suicide bombing attack against the Indian Embassy in the Afghan capital this week was planned with the help of a foreign intelligence agency, a spokesman for Afghanistan's president said Tuesday.

Humayun Hamidzada, chief spokesman for President Hamid Karzai, pointedly avoided direct references to Pakistan during a news conference but hinted that the scale and complexity of the strike against the embassy in Kabul bore the markings of previous attacks linked to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

“The sophistication of this attack and the kind of material that was used, the specific targeting, everything has the hallmarks of a particular agency that has conducted similar attacks inside Afghanistan. We have sufficient evidence to say that,” Hamidzada said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his government was not involved in the attack, which killed at least 41 people.

Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have deteriorated as attacks in Afghanistan have increased with a summer surge in Taliban activity.

Last month, Afghan officials accused the Inter-Services Intelligence agency of helping to plot a prison break in Kandahar.

The Pakistani intelligence agency aided the Taliban's rise to power in Afghanistan in the early 1990s. Agents maintained strong relations with their Taliban clients for years during Afghanistan's most recent civil war but officially broke off their support after Pakistan allied itself with U.S.-led coalition forces following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Afghan and Western officials continue to voice doubts that the agency has completely severed its ties to insurgents in Afghanistan.