Kabul: Blasts rip through Sikh temple in Afghan capital, casualties feared

No less than two explosions have been reported at a Sikh temple in Afghanistan’s capital metropolis of Kabul on Saturday morning.

Abdul Nafi Takor, a Taliban-appointed spokesperson for the inside ministry, confirmed the blasts however didn’t present additional particulars or affirm if there have been casualties.

Temple official Gornam Singh additionally confirmed the assault. “There have been round 30 folks contained in the temple. We don’t know what number of of them are alive or what number of useless. The Taliban aren’t permitting us to go inside, we don’t know what to do,” the official mentioned.

Movies posted on social media confirmed plumes of black smoke rising from the temple, referred to as a gurdwara, within the Bagh-e-Bala neighbourhood of Kabul. Gunfire may also be heard.

There was no instant declare of accountability for the assault.

Nevertheless, a regional affiliate of the Islamic State group, referred to as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, has these days elevated assaults on mosques and non secular minorities throughout the nation.

The IS affiliate, which has been working in Afghanistan since 2014, is seen as the best safety problem going through the nation’s Taliban rulers.

Since seizing energy in Kabul and elsewhere within the nation in August 2021, the Taliban have launched a sweeping crackdown towards the IS in jap Afghanistan.

In March 2020, a lone Islamic State gunman rampaged by means of a Sikh temple in Kabul, killing 25 worshippers, together with a baby, and wounding eight others. The gunman held many worshippers hostage for a number of hours.

As many as 80 worshippers have been trapped contained in the gurdwara because the gunman lobbed grenades and fired an computerized rifle into the group.

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