Kabul — At least two people were killed and seven were injured in an ISIS attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday.
On an affiliated Telegram channel, ISIS’s local branch said the attack was in response to a leveled insult by the Prophet Mohammed.
In the image broadcast by Toro, a domestic broadcast, gray smoke swirled around the area. An internal Taliban spokesman said the attacker loaded the car with explosives, but exploded before reaching the target.
Gornam Singh, a temple official, said there were about 30 people in the building at the time.
A Kabul commander spokesman said the attack killed one Sikh worshiper and one Taliban fighter as his army ruled the area.
The Taliban have said they have strengthened Afghanistan’s security and removed Afghanistan from the threat of armed groups since it came to power in August, but international officials and analysts say the risk of a resurgence of armed groups remains. It has said.
ISIS has claimed several attacks in recent months.
The group said the suicide attacker attacked the temple on Saturday morning, armed with machine guns and grenades, after killing the guards.
Other militants have fought more than three hours with Taliban fighters trying to intervene to protect the temple and targeted them with four explosive devices and car bombs, the militant group said.
Saturday’s explosion was widely accused of being one of a series of attacks targeting the minority, and the neighboring Pakistani government “has serious concerns about a series of recent terrorist attacks on Afghan places of worship.” Stated.
The UN’s mission to Afghanistan said in a statement that it was necessary to protect domestic minorities, and Indian President Narendra Modi said on Twitter that he was “shocked” by the attack.
Sikhs are a small religious minority, mostly Muslims living in Afghanistan, and consisted of about 300 families before the country fell into the Taliban. Many have since left, according to community and media members.
Like other religious minorities, Sikhs have been the target of continued violence in Afghanistan. An attack that killed 25 people at another temple in Kabul in 2020 was also claimed by ISIS.
According to officials, the explosion on Saturday followed the explosion at a mosque in a city in northern Kunduz the day before, killing one and injuring two.
Mohammad Yunus Yawar