Two explosions occurred this morning in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The blast happened near a gurudwara. Several gunshots were heard in the area too, sources have confirmed. There are many devotees at the gurdwara, though the casualties, if any, are not yet known, he said.
The blast took place this morning on a busy road near the gurudwara in Karta Parwan area of Kabul. According to local news reports, the area is densely populated and many people are feared dead.
Afghanistan’s Tolo News tweeted today: “Blasts were heard in Karta Parwan area of Kabul city. Nature of the incident and details of casualties are not yet known.”
The two blasts happened near the two gates of Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Sahib Ji, Karte Parwan, Kabul, local reports say.
BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa told news agency ANI that three people have managed to escape from the gurdwara, out of which two have been taken to the hospital. He said that the guard of the gurdwara was shot dead.
According to the information, so far 3 people have left (from the gurudwara), out of which 2 have been sent to the hospital. The guard of the Gurdwara – a Muslim – was killed by bullets. It is believed that 7-8 people are still trapped inside but the number has not been confirmed. Firing still on: Manjinder Singh Sirsa, BJP pic.twitter.com/qlQ38icfXS
— ANI (@ANI) 18 June 2022
“We are deeply concerned by reports of an attack on a holy gurudwara in the city from Kabul. We are monitoring the situation closely and await further information on further developments,” the foreign ministry said.
Several people were injured in an explosion in Kabul on June 11.
Tolo News said in a tweet: “The explosion took place at Batkhak Square in Kabul’s 10th district.”
“Earlier on Monday, there was an explosion in Police District-4 of Kabul, in which explosives were placed on a bicycle,” the Kabul Security Department said.
Local media channel Tolo News reported, “Security forces have reached the area to investigate the matter.”
Earlier, on May 25, three explosions took place in the capital of Afghanistan’s Balkh province, killing at least nine people and injuring 15 others. At least two people were killed in an explosion at the Masjid Sharif Hazrat Zakaria Mosque in Kabul city on the same day, according to officials.
Responding to the attacks in Balkh and Kabul, the US Special Envoy for Women and Human Rights in Afghanistan, Reina Amiri, said the Taliban should ensure the safety of the people and stop the atrocities.
Reena Amiri tweeted: “The heinous attacks on Mazar and Kabul serve no purpose, but to inflict further devastation on innocent Afghans.”
Additionally, earlier, at least 30 people were killed and others injured at the Hazrat Zekariya Mosque in an explosion at a traffic square in Kabul’s Fourth Police District.
The Taliban faced a serious security threat from the Khorasan branch of ISIS, which has been active in Afghanistan since 2014.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the recent attacks in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of thousands of civilians, including members of the Hazara Shia community and many children.
(Inputs from ANI)