The deadly suicide attack, which targeted participants of a gathering outside a restaurant in PD11 in Kabul City on Thursday, claimed the life of an employee of Rah-e-Farda TV station, rising the death toll to 19.
Husain Nazari, a cameraman in Rah-e-Farda TV, was critically wounded in the explosion on Thursday afternoon.
He was taken to the Emergency Hospital in Kabul but he succumbed to his injuries early on Friday morning.
The explosion claimed the lives of 19 people including eight police force members and 11 civilians.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the attack saying that the explosion killed at least nine civilians, including one child, and injured at least 16 others.
Preliminary findings indicate that in the Labe Jar Area of Aspa Square, a suicide attacker detonated a body-borne improvised explosive device where a large gathering of Jamiat party members had taken place and when attendees were leaving the conference hall, UNAMA said in a statement.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
“This attack in Kabul today is totally unacceptable; it is an act of terror and a serious violation of humanitarian law,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. “At a time when Afghanistan is facing so many challenges, and with so many Afghans yearning for peace, such attacks simply cannot be justified,” he stressed. “The use of explosive weapons in civilian-populated areas must stop, without exception.”
The United Nations maintains that all parties to the conflict must strictly adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law to take all feasible measures to protect civilians from harm.
UNAMA expresses its condolences to the families and colleagues of those killed in the attack and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
The organization called on all parties to the conflict to strictly adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law to take all feasible measures to protect civilians from harm.
Earlier this month, Afghan Journalists Safety Committee said Afghanistan is the second worst country in the world for journalists.
According to the committee, 10 journalists have been killed so far this year and that cases of violence have been recorded against 100 others.