Updated — 1:07 p.m. ET
The Senior Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs in Afghanistan said a suicide bombing at Kabul's Esteqlal High School, where the French Institute of Afghanistan is located, killed one person and injured 15 on Thursday.
Kabul police chief, Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi confirmed there was on casualty and between 15 to 20 injured.
"Because of the smoke, it was impossible to identify the exact number of the casualties," he told The Associated Press.
Afghanistan's TOLO News reported that the suicide bombing took place during a theatrical performance organized by the Institut Français d'Afghanistan (IFA).
The IFA is located in the French-run Esteqlal High School (Lycée Esteqlal), one of Kabul's oldest and most prestigious schools.
There were no French citizens among the casualties, a French Embassy official told the AP.
The school is under contract to the French government which provides funds and teachers, and conducts cultural activities there.
The IFA performance was called "Heartbeat: The Silence After the Explosion."
The IFA had concluded a series of events celebrating Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.
The suicide bomber was reportedly a 16-year-old boy.
The Taliban reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Taliban's statement justified the bombing saying the event was staged to "insult Islamic values" and "spread propaganda about suicide attacks."
"We'll treat cultural invasion the same as military invasion," the Taliban said.
An attendee shared a video of the theater moments after the blast.
TOLO News' uploaded a video of the theater after the explosion.
Giuliano Battiston, a freelance journalist, was watching the performance when the explosion occurred.
Battiston said the suicide bomber was seated as a guest before detonating the explosives during the performance.
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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