Sikh worshiper among two killed in Gurdwara attack in Kabul, Afghanistan – Reuters

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KABUL: Multiple explosions and gunfire ripped through a Sikh gurdwara (temple) in the Afghan capital, killing two people and injuring seven others, a Taliban official said. At least one member of the Islamic Emirate forces and one Afghan Sikh national were killed in the incident.

Afghan security personnel thwarted a greater tragedy by preventing an explosive-laden vehicle from reaching the minority community’s place of worship in the war-torn country.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The events

According to the Interior Ministry statement, an explosive-laden vehicle aiming to target the location was foiled before reaching its objective. The gurdwara was attacked early in the morning with up to 30 people inside, the BBC reported. Abdul Nafi Takor, a spokesman, said a vehicle full of explosives exploded outside the gurdwara, but there were no casualties.

First, the gunmen threw a hand grenade which caused a fire near the door of the gurdwara, the Associated Press quoted the Home Ministry spokesman as saying.

Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for Kabul’s police chief, said the police operation ended after the last attacker was killed hours later. “Security forces were able to act quickly to control the attack and eliminate the attackers in a short time to avoid further casualties,” he said.

Videos posted on social media show plumes of black smoke rising from the temple in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighborhood and gunfire can be heard.

“We heard a huge explosion in the Kart-e-Parwan area around 6 a.m. local time. The explosion was followed by another explosion which occurred about half an hour after the first explosion The whole place has now been cordoned off,” the Chinese state said. -run Xinhua news agency quoted an eyewitness as saying. Security forces cordoned off the area as a precaution, he said. The blast sent a column of thick smoke into the sky and sparked panic, the witness said. “We fear possible victims. Several warning shots were also fired by the security forces,” he added.

India has expressed deep concern over reports of an attack on a Gurudwara in Kabul and is closely monitoring the situation. “We are deeply concerned by reports from Kabul of an attack on a holy Gurdwara in that city. We are closely monitoring the situation and awaiting further details on ongoing developments,” the ministry spokesperson said. External Affairs in New Delhi. tweeted.

A regional affiliate of the Islamic State group known as the Islamic State in Khorasan province has recently increased attacks on mosques and minorities across the country.

The IS affiliate, which has been operating in Afghanistan since 2014, is seen as the biggest security challenge facing the country’s Taliban leadership. Since seizing power in Kabul and elsewhere in the country last August, the Taliban have launched a massive crackdown against IS in eastern Afghanistan.

In March 2020, a lone Islamic State gunman ransacked a Sikh temple in Kabul, killing 25 worshippers, including a child, and injuring eight others. As many as 80 worshipers were trapped inside the gurdwara as the gunman threw grenades and fired an automatic rifle into the crowd.

There were less than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan at the time of the 2020 attack. Since then dozens of families have left but many do not have the financial means to move and have remained in Afghanistan, mainly in Kabul, Jalalabad and Ghazni.

(With contributions from PTI and the online office)

KABUL: Multiple explosions and gunfire ripped through a Sikh gurdwara (temple) in the Afghan capital, killing two people and injuring seven others, a Taliban official said. At least one member of the Islamic Emirate forces and one Afghan Sikh national were killed in the incident. Afghan security personnel thwarted a greater tragedy by preventing an explosive-laden vehicle from reaching the minority community’s place of worship in the war-torn country. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. The events According to the statement from the Interior Ministry, an explosive-laden vehicle aiming to target the location was foiled before reaching its objective. The gurdwara was attacked early in the morning with up to 30 people inside, the BBC reported. Abdul Nafi Takor, a spokesman, said a vehicle full of explosives exploded outside the gurdwara, but there were no casualties. First, the gunmen threw a hand grenade which caused a fire near the door of the gurdwara, the Associated Press quoted the Home Ministry spokesman as saying. Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for Kabul’s police chief, said the police operation ended after the last attacker was killed hours later. “Security forces were able to act quickly to control the attack and eliminate the attackers in a short time to avoid further casualties,” he said. Videos posted on social media show plumes of black smoke rising from the temple in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighborhood and gunfire can be heard. #WATCH | Afghanistan | Entire premises of Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Sahib Ji, Karte Parwan, Kabul are set on fire. It is feared that Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji and the main darbar hall of the gurdwara could be part of the explosion: Sources (Video sources: locals) pic.twitter.com/F6eTET2Eyl – ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2022 “We have heard a huge explosion in the Kart-e-Parwan area around 6 a.m. local time.The explosion was followed by another explosion which occurred about half an hour after the first explosion. The place has now been cordoned off,” the official Chinese news agency Xinhua quoted. said an eyewitness. Security forces cordoned off the area as a precaution, he said. The blast sent a column of thick smoke into the sky and sparked panic, the witness said. “We fear possible victims. Several warning shots were also fired by the security forces,” he added. India has expressed deep concern over reports of an attack on a Gurudwara in Kabul and is closely monitoring the situation. “We are deeply concerned by reports from Kabul of an attack on a holy Gurdwara in that city. We are closely monitoring the situation and awaiting further details on ongoing developments,” the ministry spokesperson said. External Affairs in New Delhi. 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. Our first concern is the welfare of the community. https://t.co/ocfuY0RBhN — Dr S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) June 18, 2022 A regional affiliate of the Islamic State group known as Islamic State in Khorasan province has recently increased attacks on mosques and minorities across the country. . The IS affiliate, which has been operating in Afghanistan since 2014, is seen as the biggest security challenge facing the country’s Taliban leadership. Since seizing power in Kabul and elsewhere in the country last August, the Taliban have launched a massive crackdown against IS in eastern Afghanistan. I strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack against Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul. My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives in the explosion. I pray for the safety of the Sikh families trapped inside and for the speedy recovery of those injured in the tragic incident pic.twitter.com/P4Nw0FwzTd — Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) June 18, 2022 In March 2020 a man A lone Islamic State gunman ransacked a Sikh temple in Kabul, killing 25 worshippers, including a child, and injuring eight others. As many as 80 worshipers were trapped inside the gurdwara as the gunman threw grenades and fired an automatic rifle into the crowd. There were less than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan at the time of the 2020 attack. Since then dozens of families have left but many do not have the financial means to move and have remained in Afghanistan, mainly in Kabul, Jalalabad and Ghazni. (With contributions from PTI and the online office)

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