Suicide Bomber Attacks During School Play

December 11, 2014 -- Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A suicide bomber detonated explosives Thursday inside a French-funded school in Kabul during a play that condemns suicide attacks, leading to deaths and numerous injuries, the French foreign minister said. The attack happened at Istiqlal High School, a school that includes a French cultural center, in the Afghan capital. The Taliban -- the Islamist extremist group fighting against Afghanistan's ruling government and firmly opposed by various Western powers -- claimed responsibility, according to spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. Around 5 p.m., the theater at the school in central Kabul was packed for a performance of a play titled "Heartbeats: Silence after the Explosion." It abruptly ended about 30 minutes later with a very loud bang, a bright light, smoke and dust, according to witness Zahir Sangar. Read more at