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Blasts and gunfire at Sikh temple in Afghan capital

Blasts and gunfire at Sikh temple in Afghan capital
A grenade blast wounded two members of the Sikh group in Kabul, says an inside ministry spokesman. Photograph: Twitter/ @smrititokes     

KABUL: Gunmen stormed a Sikh temple within the Afghan capital Saturday, lobbing no less than one grenade and wounding two folks, the inside ministry and witnesses stated.

Whereas the variety of bombings has dropped throughout the nation for the reason that Taliban seized energy in August, a number of deadly assaults have rocked the nation in latest months.

“I heard gunshots and blasts coming from the gurdwara,” Gurnam Singh, a Sikh group chief informed AFP.

Inside ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor stated a grenade blast wounded two members of the Sikh group.

Minutes later a automotive bomb detonated within the space however precipitated no casualties, he added.

Singh, who was near the scene, stated the variety of casualties may rise.

“Usually at the moment within the morning now we have a number of Sikh devotees who come to supply prayers on the gurdwara,” he stated.

The variety of Sikhs residing in Afghanistan has dwindled to round 200 in comparison with about half one million within the Seventies.

Through the years the group has confronted repeated assaults and no less than 25 folks had been killed in March 2020 when gunmen stormed a Sikh temple.

Daish claimed duty for that assault, which compelled many Sikhs to depart the nation even earlier than the Taliban returned to energy.

Daish has a historical past of focusing on Afghan Sikhs, Hindus and different members of minority communities – together with Muslim Shiites and Sufis.

A string of bombings hit the nation throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which led to Afghanistan on April 30, a few of them claimed by Daish.

The deadliest was within the northern metropolis of Kunduz, the place a bomb focusing on Sufi worshippers tore by means of a mosque killing no less than 36 folks.

The Taliban have pursued an Afghanistan free from overseas forces, whereas Daish desires an Islamic caliphate stretching from Turkey to Pakistan and past.

Taliban officers insist their forces have defeated Daish, however analysts say the group stays a key safety problem.

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