Agents raid militant hide-out

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Hundreds of intelligence agents raided the Kabul hide-out of militants suspected of links to an attack on Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and seven people were killed in a battle that destroyed the mud-brick house.

The dead were a woman and a child in the house, three intelligence agents and two militants. One of the dead militants had supplied weapons used in Sunday’s failed attack on Karzai, intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh said.

Saleh alleged that militants involved in the assault on Karzai were exchanging text messages with people in Pakistan.