August 18, 2022

No less than two folks have been wounded in an assault on a Sikh temple within the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday morning, officers mentioned.

“There have been round 30 folks contained in the temple. We do not know what number of of them are alive or what number of useless. The Taliban should not permitting us to go inside, we do not know what to do,” the temple official, Gornam Singh, informed Reuters.

A Taliban inside spokesman mentioned two have been injured after attackers tried to drive a automotive laden with explosives into the realm. The automobile 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.

Native broadcaster Tolo aired footage exhibiting 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. A number of 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 members of the family earlier than the autumn of the nation to the Taliban. Many had left the nation within the wake of the takeover, in accordance with neighborhood members and media reviews.

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.

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India’s international ministry was “deeply involved” about reviews of the assault. “We’re intently monitoring the state of affairs and ready for additional particulars 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 accordance with authorities.

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