Several bomb blasts and shootings struck Sikh Gurdwar in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday, according to media reports.
The blasts took place in the Parvan Map area of Kabul, Tolo News tweeted along with a video. Shooting from the area has also been reported. Map Parwan Gurdwara is located in the area. The victims of the explosion were unknown.
“We are deeply concerned by reports from Kabul of an attack on the Holy Gurudwara in this city,” the Indian Foreign Ministry said in New Delhi. “We are closely monitoring the situation and awaiting further details as the events unfold.”
Abdul Nafi Takor, a Taliban-appointed spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry, confirmed the attack but did not provide further details or say if there were any casualties, the Associated Press reported.
There was no immediate accountability for the attack.
The Islamic State, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan province, has in the past claimed responsibility for attacks on mosques and minorities in Afghanistan.
“We heard a huge explosion in the Kart-e-Parwan district around 6:00 local time. The explosion was followed by another explosion, which occurred about an hour after the first explosion, “the Chinese state news agency Xinhua quoted. said the witness. “The whole place is already sealed.”
Security forces have cordoned off the area for preventive measures, the eyewitness said. The blast sent a column of thick smoke into the sky and caused panic, he said. “There are fears of possible casualties. Several warning shots were also fired by security forces.”
Community leaders estimate that only 140 Sikhs remain in the Taliban-ruled country, mostly in the eastern city of Jalalabad and the capital, Kabul.
In March 2020, at least 25 worshipers were killed and eight others injured when a heavily armed suicide bomber stormed a prominent gurudwar in the heart of Kabul, in one of the deadliest attacks on the country’s Sikh minority. The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack in the Shore Bazaar area.