Official: Karzai Was Warned Of Assassins

An Afghan soldier photographs a giant portrait of Afghan President Hamid Karzai Monday April 28, 2008 which is placed near the area where militants fired rockets and automatic rifles at Karzai and other dignitaries during a ceremony Sunday in Kabul to mark the mujahedeen victory over the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Afghan security officials hunted Monday for suspects in the attempted assassination of President Hamid Karzai during an attack at a military parade that killed three people and underscored the fragility of his U.S.-backed government. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq
Afghanistan's intelligence chief says he warned President Hamid Karzai of the weekend assassination plot against him, and that it was a failure of the security services to stop the attack that led to three deaths in a hail of gunfire.

Amrullah Saleh told Parliament on Monday that the plot to kill Karzai was hatched last month and the gunmen had rented the room they opened fire from 45 days before the attack.

Karzai and other dignitaries escaped unharmed from Sunday's assault launched during a ceremony in Kabul.

The Taliban claimed responsibility.

Suicide Attack Kills 15 In Eastern Afghanistan

A NATO spokesman says a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed 15 local people and wounded 25.

Maj. Martin O'Donnell said there were NATO troops in the area of the attack Tuesday but there were no alliance casualties.

He said the militants opened fire before a suicide bomber blew himself up in Khogyani district of Nangahar province.

Alliance medics were treating the wounded.