India expresses its concern over terror attack on Gurdwara in Afghanistan
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack
India has expressed its concern over terrorist attack on Gurdwara in Kabul in Afghanistan in which two persons were killed, including a Sikh.
“We are deeply concerned at the reports emanating from Kabul about an attack on a sacred Gurudwara in that city,” MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in response to media queries on Sunday.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and waiting for further details on the unfolding developments,” the MEA Spokesperson added.
As per media reports, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retaliation for insults against the Prophet Mohammed.
The attack at Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul's Bagh-e Bala neighborhood lasted for several hours and three attackers were killed by the Taliban forces, according to reports.
BBC report said attack on gurdwara took place early in the morning when up to 30 people were inside.
“Shocked by the cowardly terrorist attack against the Karte Parwan Gurudwara in Kabul. I condemn this barbaric attack, and pray for the safety and well-being of the devotees,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also strongly condemned the attack and said the government was closely monitoring the situation following the incident.
“The cowardly attack on Gurdwara Karte Parwan should be condemned in the strongest terms by all. We have been closely monitoring developments since the news of the attack was received. Our first and foremost concern is for the welfare of the community,” Jaishankar tweeted.
Saturday's incident is the latest targeted attack on a place of worship of the Sikh community in Afghanistan.
In March 2020, at least 25 worshippers were killed and eight others injured when a heavily armed suicide bomber stormed Har Rai Sahib, a prominent gurdwara in the heart of Kabul, in one of the deadliest attacks on the minority Sikh community in the country.