Terrorists attacked Parwan Karte in Kabul, Afghanistan. Several explosions were reported in the Gurdwara Sahib complex. ISIS Khorasan is suspected to be behind the attack. The Ministry of External Affairs is monitoring the situation. According to sources, the entire premises of the gurudwara was set on fire.
The attack began at 7:15 a.m. Kabul time (8.30 a.m. India time). The guard of the Gurdwara was shot dead and three Taliban soldiers were injured. Taliban soldiers surrounded the two attackers. At least 7-8 people are believed to be still trapped inside, but the number has not been confirmed.
“I heard gunshots and explosions coming from the gurdwara,” Sikh community leader Gurnam Singh told AFP.
#watch , The sound of explosions was heard in Karate Parwan area of Kabul city in Afghanistan.
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— ANI (@ANI) 18 June 2022
According to reports, 25-30 Afghan Hindus and Sikhs were present at the Gurdwara for morning prayers and as soon as the attackers entered the premises, 10-15 managed to escape. Others are trapped inside or are feared to die.
BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa said, ‘Talked to Gurnam Singh, president of Gurdwara Karta Parwan. He called for global support for Sikhs in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement on the incident said, “We are deeply concerned about reports from Kabul about an attack on a holy Gurudwara in that city. We are monitoring the situation closely and Waiting. For more details on further developments.”
Indian World Forum chief Puneet Singh Chandok said that an unidentified armed assailant entered the gurdwara today. “I have just spoken to Gurnam Singh, the president of Gurdwara Karta Parwan. He was crying.” According to Puneet, the terrorists belong to ISIS.
Puneet has requested the Indian government to bring back the Afghan minorities immediately without any further delay. “They have been waiting for the e-visa for the last six months,” he said.