August 8, 2022

An assault on a Sikh temple within the Afghan capital of Kabul killed not less than two individuals and injured seven on Saturday, following a blast in a automotive loaded with explosives, officers mentioned, however there was no speedy declare of duty.

Gray smoke billowed over the world in photos aired by home broadcaster Tolo. A Taliban inside spokesman mentioned attackers had laden a automotive with explosives nevertheless it had detonated earlier than reaching its goal.

Taliban authorities have been securing the positioning, he added.

“There have been round 30 individuals contained in the temple,” mentioned a temple official, Gornam Singh. “We do not know what number of of them are alive or what number of lifeless.”

Temple authorities didn’t know what to do, because the Taliban weren’t permitting them inside, Singh instructed Reuters.

A spokesman for Kabul’s commander mentioned his forces had taken management of the world and cleared it of attackers. One Sikh worshipper had been killed within the assault and one Taliban fighter killed in the course of the clearing operation, he added.

Since taking energy in August, the Taliban say they’ve secured Afghanistan, though worldwide officers and analysts say the danger of a resurgence in militancy stays.

Some assaults in latest months have been claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

Sikhs are a tiny non secular minority in largely Muslim Afghanistan, comprising about 300 households earlier than the nation fell to the Taliban. However many left afterwards, say members of the neighborhood and media.

Like different non secular minorities, Sikhs have been a continuous goal of violence in Afghanistan. An assault at one other temple in Kabul in 2020 that killed 25 was claimed by Islamic State.

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India’s international ministry expressed concern over experiences of the assault. “We’re intently monitoring the scenario and ready for additional particulars,” international ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi mentioned in an announcement.

Saturday’s explosion follows a blast at a mosque within the northern metropolis of Kunduz the day before today that killed one individual and injured two, in accordance with authorities.