KABUL: An Afghan journalist, who was seriously injured during a suicide attack on a French cultural centre, died in hospital on Sunday, officials said.
One German man was also killed and 20 other people wounded in the attack on December 11 during a performance in the packed auditorium of the French Institute of Afghanistan in the capital Kabul. The performance was entitled “Heartbeat, The Silence After The Explosion”. The dance and music show condemned the suicide attacks in Kabul and across the rest of Afghanistan.
Adul Jabar Aryayee, the head of local Mitra TV in Kabul, said Zubair Hatami, the journalist and cameraman, died at around midnight after ten days in coma.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid had claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying the performance was “desecrating Islamic values”, and was “propaganda against jihad”, — particularly against suicide attacks.
The cultural centre is located in the centre of Kabul, not far from the presidential palace. It shares its grounds with the Istiqlal school, a French-financed institution, which has taught generations of Afghan children.