2 including Sikh worshiper killed in terror attack on Kabul Gurdwara: Report | world news


Kabul Gurdwara attack: A Taliban spokesman said the attackers loaded a car with explosives but it exploded before reaching its target. Taliban authorities said the area was secure.

At least two people have been killed and seven injured in a terror attack on a Sikh gurdwara in Kabul, Reuters reported. The attack took place after an explosion in a car loaded with explosives.

Afghan television channel Tolo News reported that smoke was billowing from the area. A Taliban spokesman said the attackers loaded a car with explosives but it exploded before reaching its target. Taliban authorities said the area was secure.

“There were about 30 people inside the temple. We don’t know how many of them are alive or how many are dead,” Gornam Singh, a gurdwara official, told Reuters, adding that they had been barred from entering the shrine by the Taliban.

The Kabul commander’s spokesman said the forces had taken control of the area and cleared it. A Sikh worshiper and a Taliban fighter were killed during the operation.

Sikhs are a small religious minority in predominantly Muslim Afghanistan, comprising around 300 families before the country fell to the Taliban. But many left afterwards, community members and media say.

Like other religious minorities, Sikhs have been the continued target of violence in Afghanistan. An attack on another Kabul temple in 2020 that left 25 people dead was claimed by Islamic State.

India has condemned the terrorist attack on Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar tweeted: “The cowardly attack on Gurudwara Karte Parwan must be condemned in the strongest terms by all. We have been closely monitoring developments since news of the attack was received. the community.”

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