Attack on Sikh Temple in Afghan Capital Kills Two

At least two people were killed and seven others received injuries after two gunmen assailed a Sikh Temple in PD2 of Afghan capital Kabul early Saturday.

A Taliban spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Abdul Nafi Takor said Taliban security forces had immediately taken control of the area and killed the assailants.

“One member of Islamic Emirate forces and an Afghan Hindu national were killed during the clearing operation,” Takor said.

A car bomb was also detonated in the area but caused no casualties.

India’s foreign ministry expressed concern over reports of the attack. “We are deeply concerned at the reports emanating from Kabul about an attack on a sacred Gurudwara in that city. We are closely monitoring the situation and waiting for further details on the unfolding developments,” the spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Saturday’s explosion follows a blast at a mosque in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province during Friday prayers that killed one worshiper and wounded seven others.

Provincial Police Spokesman Qari Obaidullah Abedi said that the explosives were placed inside Alif Birdi mosque in Imam Sahib district and went off when worshipers were offering prayers.

No group claimed responsibility for both Kabul and Kunduz attacks so far. But the Islamic State (IS) in the past claimed responsibility for attacks on mosques and minorities across Afghanistan.

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