Updated: March 26, 2020 3:26:04 am
At least 25 individuals had been killed and greater than eight others had been wounded throughout an attack Wednesday on a gurdwara in the Afghan capital Kabul. The Islamic State has claimed duty for the attack. A spokesperson for the Taliban denied any involvement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack, and New Delhi mentioned: “such cowardly attacks” on the time of the COVID-19 pandemic is reflective of the “diabolical mindset” of the perpetrators and their backers.
Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry mentioned safety forces rescued at least 80 individuals, together with ladies and kids, who had been contained in the gurdwara complicated.
Tariq Arian, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, was quoted by Khama information company as saying a gaggle of suicide bombers entered the gurdwara in Shor Bazar space of Kabul around 7.45 am native time.
Arian mentioned safety forces rescued the bulk of people that had been trapped inside. The attack ended after a nearly six-hour standoff, ensuing in the killing of the assailants.
In New Delhi, Prime Minister Modi mentioned, “I am saddened by today’s terror attack on Sikhs at Gurudwara in Kabul. I express my condolences to the families of all the deceased.”
The Ministry of External Affairs, whereas conveying its condolences to the households of these killed and wishing speedy restoration to the injured, mentioned India stands prepared to increase all attainable help to the affected households of the Hindu and Sikh communities of Afghanistan.
“We commend the brave Afghan security forces for their valorous response to the attack and their exemplary courage and dedication to protecting the Afghan people and secure the country,” the MEA assertion mentioned.
The attack was additionally condemned by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. “These killings are a grim reminder of atrocities that continue to be inflicted upon religious minorities in some countries & the urgency with which their lives & religious freedom have to be safeguarded,” he tweeted.
The Shor Bazar space of Kabul was as soon as dwelling to a number of gurdwaras however they had been destroyed throughout the combating in the 1980-90s. Many Hindus and Sikhs residing in the world additionally migrated to different international locations. Kabul continues to be dwelling to a number of hundred Hindus and Sikhs.
Incidentally, Modi had a telephonic dialog with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on Tuesday. They had exchanged Navroz greetings noting that the pageant symbolizes the shared heritage and cultural linkages between the 2 international locations.
“The leaders discussed the evolving situation in the region particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and reaffirmed their commitment to boost cooperation,” an announcement by MEA had mentioned Tuesday.
In 2018, a suicide bombing, focused on the Sikh neighborhood and claimed by the Islamic State, killed greater than a dozen individuals in Jalalabad.