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Kamal's life took an ironic turn for the worse in The Kite Runner after his participation in the attack on Hassan following the kite-flying tournament. Though a somewhat unwilling participant, Kamal was one of the boys who held down Hassan while Assef victimized him. During Baba and Amir's escape from Kabul, they discovered that Kamal and his father were hiding in the same tanker truck. Kamal was virtually unrecognizable: Withered and catatonic, he had no recognition of the scene unfolding around him. Amir overheard only part of the story. Kamal had apparently been attacked by four men (possibly Russian soldiers) and was beaten and victimized--just as Hassan had been. After the tanker truck had finally reached Pakistan, it was discovered that Kamal was dead: He had died from inhaling the fumes inside the tank. Out of grief, Kamal's father siezed a gun and shot himself in the head.
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