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Islamic State group claims accountability for Kabul Sikh temple assault

The Islamic State claimed accountability 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 the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h).

Protests in a number of Muslim nations have been sparked by a spokeswoman for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist occasion feedback earlier this month concerning the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h).

In a message posted on its Amaq propaganda web site, the Islamic State (IS) group stated Saturday’s assault focused Hindus and Sikhs and the “apostates” who protected them in “an act of assist for the Messenger of Allah”.

IS 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 together with his machine gun and hand grenades”.

Two have been killed and no less than seven others wounded within the raid.

Inside Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor stated the attackers lobbed no less than one grenade once 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 help from India to Afghanistan.

Afghan and Indian media experiences stated the delegation mentioned with Taliban officers the potential of reopening the Indian embassy, which shut after the Islamists seized energy in August final yr.

The variety of bombings throughout Afghanistan has dropped because the Taliban returned to energy, however a number of assaults — many concentrating on minority communities — have rocked the nation in current months, together with a number of claimed by IS.

Whereas IS is a Islamist group just like the Taliban, the 2 are bitter rivals and significantly diverge on ideological grounds.

The variety of Sikhs dwelling in Afghanistan has dwindled to round 200, in comparison with about half 1,000,000 within the Seventies.

Most of those that stay are merchants concerned in promoting natural medicines and digital items introduced from India.

In current months, many impoverished Sikhs together with girls and kids took refuge within the advanced that was attacked on Saturday.

The neighborhood has confronted repeated assaults over time. A minimum of 25 individuals have been killed in March 2020 when gunmen stormed one other Sikh temple in Kabul in an assault that was additionally claimed by IS.

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