Attack on Sikh temple in Afghan capital Kabul injures 2

The Sikhs are a small religious minority in predominantly Muslim Afghanistan, comprising about 300 family members before the country fell to the Taliban.

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At least two people were injured in an attack on a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday morning, officials said.

“There were about 30 people in the temple. We do not know how many of them are alive or how many are dead. The Taliban do not allow us to go inside, we do not know what to do, “temple official Gornam Singh told Reuters.

A Taliban spokesman said two were injured after the attackers tried to drive a car loaded with explosives in the area. The vehicle was detonated before reaching its destination, and the Taliban are guarding the site, he said.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast.

Local TV operator Tolo aired footage showing strong gray fumes of smoke rising from the area.

Afghan Taliban rulers say they secured the country after taking power in August, but international officials and analysts say the risk of a resumption of forces remains.

Numerous attacks have taken place in recent months, some of them by Islamic State militants.

The Sikhs are a small religious minority in predominantly Muslim Afghanistan, comprising about 300 family members before the country fell to the Taliban. According to community members and media reports, many have left the country since the takeover.

The Sikh community, like other religious minorities, is a constant target of violence in Afghanistan. An Islamic State attack on another temple in Kabul in 2020 killed 25 people.

India’s foreign ministry has been “deeply concerned” by reports of the attack. “We are closely monitoring the situation and awaiting further details on developments,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagci said in a statement.

Saturday’s blast followed an explosion at a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz on Friday that killed one and injured two, according to authorities.

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