KABUL: Daesh claimed duty for an assault on a Sikh temple in Afghanistan that killed one neighborhood member and a Taliban fighter, saying it was retaliation for insults in opposition to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
Protests in a number of Muslim nations had been sparked by a spokeswoman for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist occasion blasphemous feedback earlier this month.
In a message posted on its Amaq propaganda web site, the militant group stated Saturday’s assault focused Hindus and Sikhs and the “apostates” who protected them in “an act of help for the Messenger of Allah”.
Daesh stated considered one of its fighters “penetrated a temple for Hindu and Sikh polytheists in Kabul, after killing its guard, and opened hearth on the pagans inside along with his machine gun and hand grenades”.
Two had been killed and not less than seven others wounded within the raid.
Inside Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor stated the attackers lobbed not less than one grenade after they entered the temple, setting off a blaze.
The assault follows a go to by an Indian delegation to Kabul to debate the distribution of humanitarian assist from India to Afghanistan.
Afghan and Indian media reviews stated the delegation mentioned with Taliban officers the potential for reopening the Indian embassy, which shut after the group seized energy in August final 12 months.
The variety of bombings throughout Afghanistan has dropped for the reason that Taliban returned to energy, however a number of assaults — many concentrating on minority communities — have rocked the nation in latest months, together with a number of claimed by Daesh.
The variety of Sikhs dwelling in Afghanistan has dwindled to round 200, in comparison with about half 1,000,000 within the Nineteen Seventies.
Most of those that stay are merchants concerned in promoting natural medicines and digital items introduced from India.
In latest months, many impoverished Sikhs together with ladies and kids took refuge within the complicated that was attacked on Saturday.
The neighborhood has confronted repeated assaults through the years. At the least 25 folks had been killed in March 2020 when gunmen stormed one other Sikh temple in Kabul in an assault that was additionally claimed by Daesh.