Terrorist attack on Sikh Gurdwara ‘Karte-Parwan’ in Kabul, heavy firing after 2 blasts, ISIS-K suspected

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Kabul/New Delhi : A case of multiple explosions and firing has come to light at a Sikh Gurdwara Karte-Parwan in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital on Saturday. The blast took place in Karta Parwan area of ​​Kabul. Sikh community leaders estimate that there are only 140 Sikhs left in the Taliban-ruled country, mostly in the eastern city of Jalalabad and the capital, Kabul.

A case of multiple explosions and firing has come to light at a Sikh Gurdwara Karte-Parwan in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital on Saturday. The blast took place in the Karte-Parwan area of ​​Kabul. Local News tweeted a video of the aftermath of the blasts. There were also reports of shots fired from the area. Two Afghan civilians including the guard have been killed in this attack. While three Taliban soldiers were also injured. The Khorasan Module of Islamic State (ISIS-K) is believed to be behind the attack. However, no one has claimed responsibility for it so far. Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar condemned the attack on Gurdwara Karte-Parwan saying that the security of the Sikh community is the priority of the government.

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A spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi tweeted, “We are deeply concerned by the reports from Kabul regarding an attack on a holy Gurudwara in that city. We are monitoring the situation closely. Looking forward to more information on further developments.” Abdul Nafi Takor, spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior in the Afghan Taliban government, confirmed the attack. However, he did not give further details in this regard. No terrorist organization has yet claimed responsibility for who carried out the attack and why.

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Sikh community leaders estimate that there are only 140 Sikhs left in the Taliban-ruled country, mostly in the eastern city of Jalalabad and the capital, Kabul. In March 2020, at least 25 priests were killed and 8 others were injured when a heavily armed suicide bomber attacked a major gurudwara in the center of Kabul. It was one of the deadliest attacks on the minority Sikh community in the country. The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack in Shor Bazar area.

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