Heavily armed gunmen and suicide bombers blasted their way into a Sikh gurdwara in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 25 worshippers and wounding 8 others.
The gunmen attacked the gurdwara in Shor Bazar area at about 07:45 (local time) as 150 worshippers were inside the building, authorities said.
“At least 25 people were killed and 8 others were wounded in the attack at Dharamshala, a Sikh worship place in Kabul,” the Ministry of Interior said.
The ministry said in a statement that 80 people, including women and children, were rescued from the gurdwara.
India strongly condemned the attack on a Gurudwara in Kabul, and pledged to help the Sikh and Hindu communities of Afghanistan.
“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,” said a press release from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
In the meantime, Pakistan Foreign Ministry in a statement said such despicable attacks have no political, religious or moral justification and must be rejected outright.
“Our hearts go out to the families who have lost their loved ones in this inhuman act and we pray for the swiftest recovery of the injured,” the statement said.
On the other side, the US embassy in Kabul condemned the fanatics and criminals who target a house of worship to harm innocents.
“Our condolences to the families and victims in today’s attack against the Sikh temple. We strongly Peace will only come when people resolve their differences through words, not guns,” the US embassy said.
Meanwhile, the UK ambassador to Afghanistan said, “Appalled by today’s attack on a Sikh-Hindu temple in Kabul. I commend the local authorities for their quick response. Religious minorities should never be a target.”
Former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the attack on Sikh worship place and expressed his condolences to the victims’ families, the report said
The Islamic State group has claimed an attack on a Sikh-Hindu temple in central Kabul, according to the SITE intelligence group, in the latest assault by the extremist outfit targeting a minority group in Afghanistan.