25 Sikhs Dead After Terrorist Attack by Islamic State Group on Gurdwara in Kabul

Kabul: Gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a Sikh gurdwara in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 25 worshippers and wounding as many, in one of the deadliest attacks on the minority community in the country, according to a media report.

The Islamic State group claimed the attack, AFP reported.

The gunmen attacked the gurdwara in Shor Bazar area at about 07:45 (local time) as 150 worshippers were inside the building.

Gunmen storm Sikh religious complex in Kabul, many feared trappedSecurity forces cordon off the area located in old Kabul and are engaged in gun battle with attackers, officials say.Gunmen and suicide bombers have stormed a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital Kabul and were locked in a continuing battle with security forces, the Ministry of Interior has said.Security forces cordoned off the area, located in old Kabul, and were trying to counter the attack, which began at 7:45am local time, Ministry of Interior spokesman Tariq Arian said in a message to journalists.People are stuck inside the building and (security forces) are trying to rescue them," Arian told AFP news agency.Narindra Singh Khalsa, a parliamentarian from the minority Sikh community, told AP news agency he had been near the Gurdwara – the Sikh place of worship – when the attack happened and ran to the site. He said at least four people were killed.Khalsa later told Reuters News Agency that many people were still inside the building. "The gunmen started their attack at a time when the Dharamsala was full of worshippers," he said, referring to a sanctuary area in the temple compound.Another Sikh member of Parliament said there were "about 150 people inside the temple"."Some people inside the temple are hiding and their phones are off. I am very concerned," Anarkali Kaur Honaryar told AFP news agency. The Taliban denied any involvement in the attack. But it was not immediately clear how many attackers there were or who they were. Earlier this month an affiliate of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group attacked a gathering of minority Shia Muslims in Kabul, killing 32 people.Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/gunmen-attack-sikh-religious-complex-kabul-interior-ministry-200325044905522.html

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“At least 11 people have been killed and 25 others wounded in attack at Dharamshala, a Sikh worship area in PD1 of Kabul,” Tolo News quoted a security source as saying.

Sikh gives eyewitness account of the incident:

* GUNMEN STORM GURDWARA IN AFGHANISTAN *We are currently following the tragic news that at least four people have been killed as gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a Gurdwara in Kabul, Afghanistan.This latest attack is just one in a long history of attacks against Sikhs by extremist Islamist groups in the country.

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“Three attackers are still fighting with security forces and one has been shot. Foreign troops have also responded to the attack on Dharamshala, a Sikh temple in PD1,” it said in a tweet.

Kabul police said that at least 11 children have been rescued from the gurdwara.

Sikh lawmaker Nardendar Singh Khalisa told reporters close to the scene that up to 150 people were praying inside the gurdwara when it came under attack.

“Afghan forces have cleared the first floor of a Sikh worship area in PD1 of Kabul, where suicide bombers are battling security forces,” Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian was quoted as saying in the report.

“A number of people have been rescued who were trapped inside the building,” he said.

ꜱᴜɪᴄɪᴅᴇ ʙᴏᴍʙᴇʀ ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋᴇᴅ ᴀ ꜱɪᴋʜ ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇ ᴏꜰ ᴡᴏʀꜱʜɪᴘ ɪɴ ᴋᴀʙᴜʟ, ᴀꜰɢʜᴀɴɪꜱᴛᴀɴ ᴋɪʟʟɪɴɢ ᴍᴀɴʏ.د کابل د لومړۍ حوزې په شور بازار…

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The country’s main militant group, the Taliban, has denied involvement in the attack.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that the militant group had no link with the attack in Shor Bazar area of Kabul, Khama News agency reported.

Sikhs have been the target of attack by Islamist militants before in Afghanistan. Two years ago, the Islamic State group targeted a Sikh gathering in Afghanistan, killing 19 people. Via News18

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