A dreadful terror attack on a Sikh Gurdwara in the heart of Kabul has killed at least 25 worshippers on Wednesday early morning. The attack took place on the gurdwara in Shor Bazar area of Kabul where about 150 worshippers including children had gathered for morning prayers, says the report. The security forces battle hours with the gunmen and suicide bombers.
When the attack started at about 7 am, nearly 200 people were trapped inside the temple. The terrorists reportedly threw grenades, and after bursting into the complex started shooting indiscriminately.
Harander Singh, who lost several other relatives including his wife, father and daughter, in the incident told the reporters, “The attackers arrived on the stairs and started killing the women. My nephew shouted and said to me ‘Uncle, please go downstairs’, and when I tried to go downstairs, they shot my nephew in the head.”
The dreadful attack has been condemned internationally. The United Nations and United States condemned the attack. Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said in a statement, “The Secretary-General condemns the attack today in Kabul on a Sikh-Hindu temple in which dozens of civilians were killed and injured. He expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,”
“The United Nations stands in solidarity with the people and the Government of Afghanistan and will continue supporting efforts to bring peace to their country,” he added.
US Secretary of State Micheal Pompeo heavily condemned the attack and said, “I want to address the ISIS-K claimed attack in Afghanistan. The United States condemns the horrific ISIS-K claimed attack on a Sikh temple and community center in Kabul this morning which took the lives of more than two dozen innocent people. The Afghan people deserve a future free from ISIS-K and other terrorist activity.”
The Indian foreign ministry statement said, “We convey our sincerest condolences to the immediate family members of the deceased and wish speedy recovery to the injured. India stands ready to extend all possible assistance to the affected families of the Hindu and Sikh community of Afghanistan.”
The attack comes amid the talks between Taliban and the Afghan government over the release of prisoners who are in captivity. When asked about the attack Taliban said none of its cadres were involved in targeting the gurdwara. “It is not our policy to attack minorities’ religious places,” they added.