2022 – Kabul: Two people are killed in an attack on Sikh temples in Afghanistan

Seven attackers tried to storm the temple in the early hours of Saturday morning and threw hand grenades at security guards standing at the entrance. The attackers also detonated a car bomb in the area, but there were no reports of casualties in the blast.

Zadran said the seven gunmen were killed after an altercation that lasted several hours on the temple grounds. There was no direct presumption of responsibility.

The state-run Bakhtar news agency reported that the attack killed a member of the security forces and a Sikh partisan.

Gurnam Singh, an official at the temple, told Reuters that 30 people were inside the temple at the time of the attack. “We don’t know how many of them are alive or how many are dead,” he said, adding that temple authorities do not know what to do because the Taliban will not let them in.

The Sikhs are a small religious minority in Afghanistan, with little left since the Taliban seized power last year.

Religious minorities such as the Sikhs have been the target of violence in the country. In 2020, 25 people were killed in an attack on another Sikh temple in Kabul that was claimed by ISIS.

A man pours water over burning ash in a damaged house when a car packed with explosives exploded amid an attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the attack, writing in a tweet on Twitter that “attacks on civilians must stop immediately.” The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan calls for the protection of all minorities in Afghanistan, including Sikhs, Hazaras and Sufis.”

The EU ambassador to Afghanistan said the attack was horrific and that “religious (and ethnic) pluralism must be protected with all our might”.

India’s foreign ministry said it was “deeply concerned by reports from Kabul of an attack on the holy city of Gurudwara”.

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