Sikhs are a tiny non secular minority in largely Muslim Afghanistan, comprising round 300 relations earlier than the autumn of the nation to the Taliban.
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At least two individuals have been wounded in an assault on a Sikh temple within the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday morning, officers mentioned.
“There were around 30 people inside the temple. We don’t know how many of them are alive or how many dead. The Taliban are not allowing us to go inside, we don’t know what to do,” the temple official, Gornam Singh, instructed Reuters.
A Taliban inside spokesman mentioned two have been injured after attackers tried to drive a automobile laden with explosives into the realm. The car detonated earlier than reaching its goal, and Taliban authorities have been securing the location, he mentioned.
It was not instantly clear who was behind the blast.
Local broadcaster Tolo aired footage displaying heavy gray fumes of smoke rising from the realm.
Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers say they’ve secured the nation since taking energy in August, however worldwide officers and analysts say the danger of a resurgence in militancy stays.
Multiple assaults have taken place in latest months, with some claimed by the Islamic State militant group.
Sikhs are a tiny non secular minority in largely Muslim Afghanistan, comprising round 300 relations earlier than the autumn of the nation to the Taliban. Many had left the nation within the wake of the takeover, in keeping with neighborhood members and media experiences.
The Sikh neighborhood, like different non secular minorities, has been the continuous goal of violence in Afghanistan. An assault claimed by the Islamic State at one other temple in Kabul in 2020 killed 25.
India’s international ministry was “deeply concerned” about experiences of the assault. “We are closely monitoring the situation and waiting for further details on the unfolding developments,” international ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi mentioned in a press release.
Saturday’s explosion follows a blast on Friday within the northern metropolis of Kunduz at a mosque that killed one and injured two, in keeping with authorities.