A cousin of former Afghan president Hamid Karzai died on Monday from injuries he suffered in a bombing in southern Kandahar province last week.
Hashim Karzai, 58, died in a hospital in India’s Delhi, where he had been admitted for treatment after slipping into coma.
He was injured after explosives placed in a sofa went off in the provincial governor’s compound. Eleven more, including the deputy provincial governor and five UAE nationals, were killed in the blast.
Hashimi was a businessman and head of a construction company building a new town in Kandahar and had donated land for the UAE-funded Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nayan orphanage, the foundation stone of which was laid down by UAE ambassador who was injured in the bombing, according to UAE-based newspaper The National.
Hashimi’s funeral will take place in U.S. where he was living before going to work on the Kandahar project, said his brother, according to the paper.
Indian media on Tuesday reported that Hamid Karzai is in India to participate in an event organized by the Ministry of External Affairs and Observer Research Foundation.
This is not the first time that Karzai loses his relative in a bombing in the country.
In July 2014, a suicide bomber assassinated Hashmat Karzai, who was a powerful cousin of Karzai, in the same Kandahar province.