The US and United Nations on Wednesday condemned the horrific terrorist attack by ISIS on a Sikh temple (gurdwara) in Afghanistan.
In a statement, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric said, “The Secretary-General condemns the attack today in Kabul on a Sikh-Hindu temple in which dozens of civilians were killed and injured. He expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.”
“The United Nations stands in solidarity with the people and the Government of Afghanistan and will continue supporting efforts to bring peace to their country,” Stephane added.
The US Secretary of State Mike (Michael) Pompeo had also condemned the terror attack, which killed 27 people and injured eight others present in Sikh gurdwara.
“I want to address the ISIS-K claimed attack in Afghanistan. The United States condemns the horrific ISIS-K claimed the attack on a Sikh temple and community centre in Kabul this morning which took the lives of more than two dozen innocent people. The Afghan people deserve a future free from ISIS-K and other terrorist activity,” Michael Pompeo said in a statement.
Before Mr Pompeo, India had expressed condolences to the Sikh community of Afghanistan.
“We convey our sincerest condolences to the immediate family members of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. India stands ready to extend all possible assistance to the affected families of the Hindu and Sikh community of Afghanistan,” said the Ministry of External Affairs.
“Such cowardly attacks on the places of religious worship of the minority community, especially at this time of COVID 19 pandemic, is reflective of the diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers,” added the ministry.