The intelligence chief survived, the bomber and his exploding penis, not so much.

KABUL (AFP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday a suicide attack that wounded the country’s spy chief was planned in neighbouring Pakistan, and added he would raise the issue with Islamabad. [...]

On Friday, the intelligence agency said investigators found that “the organisers of this suicide attack… skillfully placed the explosives in the underpants and around the genitals of the suicide attacker”.

It is believed to be the first time in Afghanistan that a suicide bomber has carried the explosives in his underpants.

The fact that an assassin was able to get so close to one of Afghanistan’s most prominent officials had raised questions about whether the visitor was an insider known to Khalid.

But the revelation that the explosives were hidden in his underwear could also suggest that he might not have been thoroughly searched on that part of his body — an omission in many security searches in Afghanistan.