Afghan security forces on Wednesday killed two rebels involved in an attack on President Hamid Karzai, while a woman and a child and three agents also died, the country's spy chief said.
Two "terrorists were killed in an operation on a very sophisticated terrorist cell in Kabul. Unfortunately three heroes (agents) were also martyred," spy chief Amrullah Saleh told reporters.
A Taliban spokesman earlier said the two militants were involved in the weekend attack on a military parade attended by Karzai in which three people died. Karzai was unhurt.
Saleh said a women "who was not an Afghan and had came to carry out a suicide attack" and a child were also killed in the raid in a poor neighborhood in the west of the city.