KABUL: ISIS militants attacked a Sikh Gurdwara in the Afghan capital, killing 25 worshipers and injuring 8.
According to a report by the foreign news agency AP, the armed man held hostage for several hours for worshipers, after which Afghan special forces evacuated the building with the help of international forces, at least for a young age. The attacker was killed.
Within hours of the attack, ISIS claimed responsibility.
The Afghan Interior Ministry said the attacker attacked the security forces with grenades and opened fire on people with automatic rifles, but Afghan forces managed to evacuate at least 80 worshipers stranded in Gurdwara.
Earlier there were reports that an unknown armed man had attacked a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
About 200 people were trapped inside, the MP said.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Tariq Aryan told reporters in a message that Afghan security forces had closed the area and were trying to stop the attackers, according to a foreign news agency Reuters report.
Taliban spokesmen declined to accept responsibility for the attack in a statement on Twitter.
Member of Parliament Narendra Singh Khalipa, who represents the minority Sikh community, said he had received information that in the early morning attack, four people were killed and about 200 people were trapped inside.
He said that ‘3 suicide bombers have entered Dharma Shala’.
He said, “Armed men attacked at a time when the Dharma Shala was full of worshipers.
The attack came just a day after the US decided to cut $ 1 billion in aid to disagree on the formation of a parallel government between Afghan leaders, Ashraf Ghani, and former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said Afghan security forces have cleared one of the complex’s premises and are moving slowly to avoid civilian casualties.
It may be recalled that in 2018, the Sikh community was also attacked by ISIS.
The attack in Jalalabad, a city in eastern Afghanistan, killed more than a dozen people.
Condemnation of Pakistan
Pakistan condemned the attack on Gurdwara in Kabul, calling it a hate crime.
#Pakistan strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack on a Gurdwara in Kabul, that has resulted in the loss of precious lives and injuries to several worshippers. @mfa_afghanistan pic.twitter.com/afNsx3QWjG
— Spokesperson ?? MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) March 25, 2020