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A number of explosions and gunfire ripped by means of a Sikh temple in Afghanistan’s capital Saturday killing one particular person and wounding seven others, a Taliban official mentioned. There was no rapid declare of accountability for the assault.
Gunmen attacked the Sikh home of worship, generally known as a gurdwara, in Kabul and a gunbattle between the attackers and Taliban fighters ensued, mentioned Abdul Nafi Takor, a Taliban-appointed spokesperson for the Inside Ministry.
He mentioned a car stuffed with explosives was detonated exterior of the temple, however that resulted in no casualties. “First the gunmen threw a hand grenade which caused a fire near the gate,” he mentioned.
Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the Kabul police chief, mentioned the police operation ended after the final attacker was killed a number of hours later. He didn’t say what number of attackers have been concerned.
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Zadran mentioned one Sikh was killed and 7 others have been wounded within the assault and a Taliban safety power was additionally killed through the rescue operation.
“The security forces were able to act quickly to control the attack and eliminate the attackers in a short period of time to prevent further casualties,” he mentioned.
Movies posted on social media present plumes of black smoke rising from the temple in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighborhood and gunfire may be heard.
A regional affiliate of the Islamic State group generally known as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province has these days elevated assaults on mosques and minorities throughout the nation.
The IS affiliate, which has been working in Afghanistan since 2014, is seen as the best safety problem dealing with the nation’s Taliban rulers. Since seizing energy in Kabul and elsewhere within the nation final August, 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. As many as 80 worshippers have been trapped contained in the gurdwara because the gunman lobbed grenades and fired an computerized rifle into the gang.
There have been lower than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan on the time of the 2020 assault. Since then, dozens of households have left however many can not financially afford to maneuver and have remained in Afghanistan, primarily in Kabul, Jalalabad and Ghazni.