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(PICS) Gunmen, Suicide Bombers Storm Sikh Religious Site in Kabul

(PICS) Gunmen, Suicide Bombers Storm Sikh Religious Site in Kabul

KABUL: Gunmen and suicide bombers have stormed a religious gathering of Sikhs in the Afghan capital Kabul and were locked in an ongoing battle with security forces, the interior ministry said.

Afghanistan’s interior ministry said they had cordoned off the entire area.

“At around 7:45 am (0315 GMT), a number of attackers entered a Hindu-Sikh temple,” Ministry of Interior spokesman Tariq Arian said in a message to journalists.

Afghan Sikh MP Narendra Singh Khalsa who was reportedly near the gurdwara when the attack happened rushed to site. He said at least four people were killed.

“The gunmen started their attack at a time when the gurdwara was full of worshippers,” he said.

Anarkali Kaur Honaryar, a Sikh MP in the Afghan parliament said, “There are about 150 people inside the temple. Families are living there and they usually gather to offer prayers in the mornings.”

It was not immediately clear how many attackers there were or who they were.

So far, no one has taken responsibility for the attack.

The Sikh community, a minority community in Afghanistan, has suffered widespread discrimination.

In 2018, a suicide bombing targeting the Sikh community and claimed by ISIL killed more than a dozen people in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

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