Mark Urban’s brush with a suicide bomber
Mark Urban talks on the BBC Radio From our own correspondent programme about how he came to meet a suicide bomber in Afghanistan,
When we arranged to meet a suicide bomber, we did not expect one wearing his bomb vest, all set to blow himself up outside the building in Kabul where we were filming. But that is what happened. He was not the one we had arranged to meet. He was a different suicide bomber.
To be clear, our planned interview was with a captured man at a secret facility, belonging to Afghanistan’s equivalent of MI5, the National Directorate of Security or NDS. The one wrestled to the ground, moments before our car pulled up, was somebody sent to assassinate the NDS officer who arranged our interview. Somehow he had penetrated hundreds of yards inside the compound. link