Security forces on the street where Afghanistan's top intelligence chief was attacked by a Taliban suicide bomber. Assadullah Khalid, was injured but is expected to recover.
President Hamid Karzai's paid a visit to the Kabul hospital where Khalid is being treated.
SOUNDBITE: AFGHAN PRESIDENT HAMID KARZAI SAYING:
"The head of our National directorate of security( Asadullah Khalid) is wounded in a cowardly terrorist attack, he is now undergoing surgery. Hospital Chief Mr. Nawabi has told me that National directorate of security chief is in a good condition and there is hope that he will recover and for further treatment he will be sent elsewhere for a better treatment."
For many, the fact that militants were able to carry out a successful attack on a key government official in the heart of the capital --- is a worrying sign.
The bombing seems to underscore Afghanistan's instability as well as its ability to handle its own security after NATO troops pull out of the region.
Afghanistan's spy chief injured in Taliban attack (0:53)
Dec. 6 - Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his intelligence chief is in ''good condition'' after being injured in a Taliban attack in Kabul. Deborah Gembara reports. ( Transcript )