Terrorist attack on Gurudwara in Kabul kills two including Sikh; 3 attackers killed

Ajay Banerjee

New Delhi/Kabul, June 18

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Taqor confirmed on Saturday that the attackers who attacked a Sikh gurdwara in Kabul’s Kart-e-Parwan area had been killed.

Two people, including a Sikh, were killed and seven others injured in multiple blasts at the gurdwara, while Afghan security personnel averted a major tragedy by blocking an explosives-laden vehicle from reaching a place of worship for the war-torn minority community. Country.

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Takor also confirmed the death of a Sikh man. in the gurudwara and an IEA soldier in the crossfire, while seven others were injured.

The attackers belonging to ISIS Khorsan had attacked the gurdwara in the early hours of Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Sikhs of Afghan origin living in the national capital said they were informed about the attack by Gurnam Singh, the president of Gurdwara Karta Parwan.

BJP’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa said he had spoken to Gurnam Singh, who told him that the incident took place at 6 am local time when a granthi was going inside the gurdwara for the morning ‘light’ of the Guru Granth Sahib. The first prayer in any Gurudwara is ‘Prakash’.

Reports also stated that “the hostages were on the second floor of the gurdwara”., Indian World Forum President Puneet Singh Chandok said Gurnam Singh had informed that the terrorists had launched a major attack. He called for the immediate repatriation of minorities from Afghanistan.

There were less than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan at the time of the 2020 attack. Since then, dozens of families have moved, but many cannot afford to move on financially and are living in Afghanistan, mainly in Kabul, Jalalabad and Ghazni. Saturday’s incident is the latest targeted attack on a place of worship for a minority community in Afghanistan.

In March 2020, at least 25 worshipers were killed and eight others were injured when a heavily armed suicide bomber attacked a major gurdwara in the center of Kabul, one of the deadliest attacks on the minority Sikh community in the country. there was one.

India expresses ‘deep concern’ over attack, says ‘monitoring the situation’ In the latest targeted attack on a place of worship for the Sikh community in Afghanistan, Gurdwara Karta Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighborhood was attacked on Saturday morning and several hours of gunfights broke out between militants and Taliban fighters, Abdul Nafi said. Takor, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Pazvok news agency reported that three attackers were killed by Taliban forces.

This attack is being feared to have been carried out by ISIS Khorasan. Taliban forces are gearing up to deal with them. Eyewitnesses to the attack say that several people have been killed, but the number is not known as the gurdwara is out of bounds for civilians.

According to the Home Ministry statement, a vehicle laden with explosives was sabotaged before reaching the target.

The BBC reported that the gurdwara was attacked early in the morning when 30 people were inside.

Takore said a vehicle loaded with explosives was detonated outside the gurdwara, but there were no casualties.

“First the gunmen hurled a hand grenade that caught fire near the gate of the gurdwara,” the Associated Press quoted a Home Ministry spokesman as saying.

Kabul police chief’s spokesman Khalid Zadran said the police operation ended after the last attacker was killed several hours later.

“Security forces were able to take swift action to control the attack and eliminate the attackers in a short span of time to prevent further casualties,” he said.

Local residents told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) news agency that there were four explosions and the first one was heavier than the other three.

In New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the “barbaric” terrorist attack on a gurdwara in Kabul and said he is praying for the safety and well-being of devotees.

“Shocked by the cowardly terrorist attack against Karta Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul. I condemn this barbaric attack and pray for the safety and welfare of the devotees,” Modi tweeted.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also strongly condemned the “cowardly attack” on a gurdwara in Kabul and said the government was closely monitoring the situation after the incident.

Jaishankar tweeted, “The cowardly attack on Gurdwara Karte Parwan must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. We are closely monitoring the developments since the news of the attack. Our first and foremost concern is for the welfare of the community.” “

A foreign ministry spokesperson also tweeted, “We are deeply concerned by reports from Kabul about an attack on a holy gurudwara in that city. We are monitoring the situation closely and await further information on further developments.” Huh.”

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann strongly condemned the attack and urged the Center to provide immediate assistance to ensure the safety of minorities in the Afghan capital.

BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa also condemned the attack on a gurdwara in Kabul and said the terror attack has shattered the Sikh community’s hopes of peace in Afghanistan.

Earlier, local residents said that they heard a huge explosion early in the morning.

“We heard a huge explosion in the Kart-e-Parwan neighborhood around 6 a.m. local time. The explosion was followed by another explosion that happened about half an hour after the first one. Now the whole place is sealed,” said China’s official. The state-run Xinhua news agency quoted an eyewitness as saying.

Witnesses said the explosion sent a column of thick smoke into the sky and caused panic.

There were less than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan at the time of the 2020 attack. Since then, dozens of families have moved, but many cannot afford to move on financially and are living in Afghanistan, mainly in Kabul, Jalalabad and Ghazni, according to the AP.

Some Afghan Sikhs and Hindus were relocated to the Afghan capital after the Taliban seized power in Kabul.

Ever since the Taliban took power in August last year, the country has seen frequent attacks by the rival Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State.

Saturday’s incident is the latest targeted attack on a place of worship for a minority community in Afghanistan. (with PTI inputs)