4 die in suicide attack targeting Afghan intelligence chief

A suicide bomber trying to blend in with street beggars blew himself up near a top intelligence official in a crowded part of the Afghan capital early Wednesday, killing four people, police said.

A suicide bomber trying to blend in with street beggars blew himself upnear a top intelligence official in a crowded part of theAfghan capitalearly Wednesday, killing four people, police said.

The bomber apparently targeted the investigations chief of Afghanistan's intelligence service, said deputy police chief Gen. Zulmay Khan.

The explosion went off near Kabul's main market place, and 12 others were wounded, Afghanistan's intelligence service said. No members of the intelligence service were hurt or killed, officials said.

The attack's apparent target, Kamulladeen Khan Echekzai, is a powerful Afghan elder from the southern city of Kandahar, the Taliban's former power base when it ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

The attack in Kabul came one day after a suicide bomber on foot disguised in an army uniform blew himself up outside a police station in Helmand province, killing four police.

Violence in Afghanistan has soared over the last year, and officials expect spring and summer to bring more suicide and roadside attacks.