In a concerning development emerging from Afghanistan at least 2 people have been reported killed in blasts that shook a Gurudwara in Kabul. Following the attack, Ministry of External Affairs chief S. Jaishankar condemned the attack and said that the ministry is closely monitoring the situation.
Earlier on Saturday morning, sound of explosions and gunfire were heard near the Karte Parwan Gurudwara in the Afghanistan capital. While no faction or group has taken the responsibility of the attack, reports have claimed that multiple unidentified men entered the gurudwara, and wreaked havoc. One Sikh devotee was also reported to have been among the deceased.
Reportedly, as many as 25-30 persons were inside the Gurudwara at the time of attack. While some managed to flee the scene of crime or sent to the nearby hospital, there may be people who died or got trapped.
After the incident, Chinese state-run news agency quoted an eye-witness saying, “We heard a huge blast in Kart-e-Parwan neighbourhood at around 6 am local time. The blast was followed by another explosion which occurred about half an hour after the first blast. The whole place has now been sealed off.”
Earlier in 2020, as many as 25 Sikhs were killed after a suicide bomber stormed a gurudwara in Kabul and triggered the bomb.
The Facts of the Matter
Ever since religious militant organization Taliban initiated its invasion of Afghanistan, and successfully invaded the already war-torn country, reports of deaths and human right violations are at an all time high.
Information on Attack So Far
On Saturday, unidentified men barged a prominent gurudwara in Kabul, and set of explosions, gunfire which so far has resulted in the confirmed deaths of at least two people.
After the attack, Gornam Singh, the Sikh community leader in Kabul was quoted in news agencies saying, “There were around 30 people inside the temple. We don’t know how many of them are alive or how many dead. The Taliban are not allowing us to go inside, we don’t know what to do.”
#WATCH | Explosions heard in Karte Parwan area of Kabul city in Afghanistan.
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Multiple Explosions Heard
Meanwhile, a Chinese state-run news agency reported that the blast was set off sometime around 6 am local time in Kabul’s Kart-e-Parwan neighborhood. After the first blast, a second blast was followed about half an hour later.
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Deceased Included Sikh Worshipper
According to an India Today report, 60-year-old Sawinder Singh and an unidentified gurudwara guard were killed in the horrific attack while three Taliban soldiers were wounded. The report also stated that at least 7-8 persons were trapped inside, although the original toll could be more.
MEA Condemns Attack
Meanwhile, Ministry of Externals Affair condemned the attack with External Affairs minister S. Jaishankar taking to Twitter and assuring that the government is monitoring the situation. “The cowardly attack on Gurudwara Karte Parwan should be condemned in the strongest terms by all. We have been closely monitoring developments since the news of the attack was received. Our first and foremost concern is for the welfare of the community”
The cowardly attack on Gurudwara Karte Parwan should be condemned in the strongest terms by all.
We have been closely monitoring developments since the news of the attack was received. Our first and foremost concern is for the welfare of the community. https://t.co/ocfuY0RBhN
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) June 18, 2022
25 Sikh Worshippers Were Killed in 2020
Back in March 2020, an ISIS-Haqqani gunmen and suicide bombers stormed the Gurudwara Har Rai Sahib in the Afghanistan capital, an attack which killed 25 Sikh worshippers. As many as 200 Sikh worshippers were reported to have been at the Gurudwara during the hour-long siege which ended with 8 injuries, 25 deaths of worshippers and the deaths of assailants who were gunned down by the responding forces.