ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned the terrorist assault on a Sikh temple in Kabul which left two folks killed and 7 wounded following a blast in a automotive loaded with explosives.
The Overseas Workplace (FO) issued an announcement immediately after the terrorist assault expressing its “severe involved” on the latest spate of terrorist assaults on locations of worship in Afghanistan terming them “totally repugnant”.
The FO reiterated Pakistan’s condemnation of terrorism in all types and manifestations.
“We specific sturdy solidarity with the folks of Afghanistan and help all efforts of the Afghan authorities in preventing the menace of terrorism and guaranteeing the safety of all their residents,” it added.
In accordance with a Taliban inside spokesman, attackers had laden a automotive with explosives nevertheless it had detonated earlier than reaching its goal.
Taliban authorities had been securing the positioning, he added.
“There have been round 30 folks contained in the temple,” mentioned a temple official, Gornam Singh. “We do not know what number of of them are alive or what number of lifeless.”
Temple authorities didn’t know what to do, because the Taliban weren’t permitting them inside, Singh advised Reuters.
A spokesman for Kabul’s commander mentioned his forces had taken management of the world and cleared it of attackers. One Sikh worshipper had been killed within the assault and one Taliban fighter killed in the course of the clearing operation, he added.
Sikhs are a tiny spiritual minority in largely Muslim Afghanistan, comprising about 300 households earlier than the nation fell to the Taliban. However many left afterwards, say members of the neighborhood and media.
Like different spiritual minorities, Sikhs have been a continuing goal of violence in Afghanistan. An assault at one other temple in Kabul in 2020 that killed 25 was claimed by Daesh.