The only surviving child of Sardar Ahmad, the AFP reporter gunned down with the rest of his family in a Kabul hotel, may soon leave hospital after rapidly recovering from multiple bullet wounds, doctors say.
Abuzar Ahmad, aged two years and 11 months, suffered fragment wounds to his skull, chest and thigh in the shooting on March 20 that killed his father, mother Homaira, sister Nilofar, 6, and brother Omar, 5.
Abuzar’s relatives hope that he will start a new life with many of his cousins who live in Toronto, Canada.
“He could be discharged within a week or 10 days if things continue to go well,” Luca Radaelli, medical coordinator at the Italian-run Emergency Hospital in Kabul, told AFP on Tuesday.
“He had his sutures on the head removed two days ago, and his general condition is good.
“He is still under treatment, we are still taking care of the other wounds, but they are not so serious as the one to the skull.”
Radaelli said that Abuzar still needed specialist assessment to determine whether he may suffer long-term effects from the bullet fragment that was removed from his skull within hours of the attack.
Another Afghan and four foreigners, including two Canadians and a Paraguayan, were killed by four gunmen in an attack in the restaurant of the luxury Serena hotel.
The attack was claimed by Taliban insurgents, but the government has blamed Pakistani intelligence agencies.
On Friday, Associated Press (AP) photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot dead by a police commander in the eastern province of Khost in an attack which also left her Canadian colleague Kathy Gannon wounded.
Niedringhaus was the third journalist working for international media to be killed in Afghanistan in recent weeks, after Sardar’s death and Swedish journalist Nils Horner, who was shot in an unexplained daylight assassination on March 10.