Four "terrorists" including a woman and a child, and three government intelligence agents were killed on Wednesday in a gunbattle and explosion after Afghan security forces surrounded a house in the western part of Kabul, intelligence chief said.
Amerullah Saleh, the chief of the Afghan intelligence service, told a press conference that the four inside the house had "direct links" to Sunday's attack, in which three assailants tried to kill President Hamid Karzai during a military parade marking the defeat of Soviet occupation forces by the Mujahideen.
Karzai survived the attack, but three others, including a lawmaker, were killed and a dozen more wounded, dpa reported.
Saleh said that security forces surrounded the house and asked those inside by loudspeakers to surrender, but the militants instead killed three intelligence agents and wounded two others.
The Afghan security forces at last blew up the house, killing all four inside the compound, including a woman and a child, Saleh said, adding that two dead "terrorists" had direct links with the group that attacked the military parade on Sunday.
He said that the woman, who was not Afghan, had planned to carry out a suicide attack, while the security forces suspected that the militants "intended to use the child as a suicide bomber."
He said that the Afghan security forces arrested eight other militants, who were involved in providing logistics and weapons to the Sunday attackers in the eastern part of the city, while a third raid was ongoing in the south-eastern part of the capital.
Saleh said that information regarding the three militants' location was obtained from an Afghan security official, who was arrested after the intelligence service found out about his links with a militant group