Home » World » Kabul: Sikh temple attack in Afghanistan’s kills two – World news

Kabul: Sikh temple attack in Afghanistan’s kills two – World news

Kabul: Sikh temple attack in Afghanistan’s kills two – World news

Seven attackers tried to storm the temple in the early hours of Saturday morning, throwing grenades at security guards who were standing at the entrance. The attackers also detonated a car bomb in the area but no casualties were reported from the explosion.

All seven gunmen were killed after a standoff that lasted several hours inside the temple’s compound, Zadran said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attack killed a member of the security forces and a Sikh worshiper, according to state-run news agency Bakhtar.

Temple official Gornam Singh told Reuters that 30 people were inside the temple at the time of the attack. “We don’t know how many of them are alive or how many dead,” he said, adding that temple authorities were at a loss at what to do as the Taliban were not allowing them inside.

Sikhs are a tiny religious minority in Afghanistan, with very few left since the Taliban takeover last year.

Religious minority groups like the Sikhs have been a target for violence in the country. In 2020, 25 people were killed in an attack at another Sikh temple in Kabul, which ISIS claimed responsibility for.

Taliban fighters gather at the site of an explosion in front of a Sikh temple in Kabul on Saturday.
A man pours water on smouldering ashes inside a house damaged when an explosive-laden vehicle detonated amidst an attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul. A man pours water on smouldering ashes inside a house damaged when an explosive-laden vehicle detonated amidst an attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the attack, writing in a tweet that “attacks on civilians must cease immediately. UNAMA calls for protection of all minorities in Afghanistan, including Sikhs, Hazaras and Sufis.”

See also  Deadly heat wave in India, Pakistan a 'sign of things to come': scientists - World news

The European Union Ambassador to Afghanistan said the attack is terrible and “religious (and ethnic) pluralism needs to be protected with full force.”

India’s Foreign Ministry said they were “deeply concerned at the reports emanating from Kabul about an attack on a sacred Gurudwara in that city.”

This is original news content created by on www.cnn.com, Newslogic.in or any author at newslogic.in has no rights over this content. This content is auto fetched from the original post, the link to the original post is given below.

Reference link