KABUL: The IS (Islamic State) group claimed the attack a Sikh Gurudwara in the Afghan capital which killed at least 11 and several injured.
Suspected suicide attackers and gunmen attacked a Sikh place of worship in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul on Wednesday, triggering a gun battle with security forces, according to media reports.
The gunmen attacked the gurdwara in Shor Bazar area at about 7:45 a.m. (local time) as 150 worshippers were inside the building.
Leading Afghan news channel Tolo News that at least 11 people have been killed and 11 others wounded in the attack at Dharamshala, a Sikh worship area in PD1 of Kabul.
Kabul police said that at least 11 children have been rescued from the gurdwara.
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri “strongly condemned” the attack.
“These killings are a grim reminder of atrocities that continue to be inflicted upon religious minorities in some countries & the urgency with which their lives & religious freedom have to be safeguarded,” he tweeted.
Suicide attack on a Gurudwara Sahib in Kabul needs to be strongly condemned. These killings are a grim reminder of atrocities that continue to be inflicted upon religious minorities in some countries & the urgency with which their lives & religious freedom have to be safeguarded. pic.twitter.com/yQM3u41dVI— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) March 25, 2020
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh called the incident “tragic and unfortunate” and asked Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to “find out the perpetrators and look after our people.”
Horrific news coming from Kabul where a barbaric terror attack happened in the Gurudwara Guru Har Rai. It’s extremely tragic and unfortunate. Request President @AshrafGhani Ji to find out the perpetrators and look after our people.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 25, 2020