The Hush Post| 13:29 pm| one-minute-read|
Unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a religious site of the Sikhs in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday. About 11 are feared dead and up to 200 people were believed to be trapped inside, a member of parliament said.
Suicide attack on a Gurudwara Sahib in Kabul needs to be strongly condemned. These killings are a grim reminder of atrocities that continue to be inflicted upon religious minorities in some countries & the urgency with which their lives & religious freedom have to be safeguarded. pic.twitter.com/yQM3u41dVI
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) March 25, 2020
Afghan security forces had blocked off the area and were taking on the attackers, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said.
A tweet by Tolo News, an Aghan online news group, said: “A security source said that at least 11 people have been killed by attackers at Dharamshala, a Sikh worship area in PD1 of #Kabul. #Afghanistan.”
It was yet not clear about the number of attackers holed in there. A Taliban spokesman, in a message on Twitter, denied responsibility for the attack.
Narender Singh Khalsa, a member of parliament who represents the tiny Sikh community, said he had reports that four people had been killed and up to 200 people were trapped inside the temple.
“Three suicide bombers entered a dharamsala,” he said, referring to a sanctuary area in a temple compound.
“The gunmen started their attack at a time when the dharamsala was full of worshippers,” he said.
He said the Afghan security forces were clashing with the attackers.
The attack comes a day after the United States said it would cut its aid to the government by $1 billion over frustrations that feuding political leaders could not reach an agreement and form a team to negotiate with the Taliban.
The Interior Ministry spokesman said Afghan security forces had cleared one floor of the complex and were moving slowly to try and avoid civilian casualties.
Sikhs are a religious minority in Afghanistan with numbers fewer than 2,000 in all.