The Islamic State has claimed duty for the lethal terror assault on a gurdwara right here in Afghanistan that killed two individuals, together with one Sikh neighborhood member, calling it “an act of assist” for the Prophet. In a press release posted on its Amaq propaganda website, the Islamic State – Khorasan Province (ISKP), an affiliate of the Islamic State militant group, stated the assault on Saturday focused Hindus and Sikhs and the “apostates” who protected them in “an act of assist for the Messenger of Allah”.
The dreaded terror group stated one in every of its fighters “penetrated a temple for Hindu and Sikh polytheists” in Kabul, after killing the guard, and opened hearth on the worshippers inside together with his machine gun and hand grenades.
A number of blasts tore by means of Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighbourhood on Saturday whereas Afghan safety personnel thwarted an even bigger tragedy by stopping an explosive-laden car from reaching the place of worship of the minority neighborhood within the war-torn nation.
It was the newest focused assault on a spot of worship of the Sikh neighborhood in Afghanistan. The three attackers had been killed by the Taliban forces. The fear assault on the gurdwara got here days after the ISKP in a video message warned of an assault towards Hindus to avenge the remarks towards Prophet Mohammad by two former BJP functionaries. Up to now too, the ISKP has claimed duty for assaults on locations of worship of Hindus, Sikhs and Shiites in Afghanistan.
In the meantime, the assault on the gurdwara in Kabul drew extreme criticism from Afghan leaders and the UN. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the assault and known as it a “terrorist incident.” Abdullah Abdullah, former chairman of the Afghan Excessive Council Nationwide Reconciliation, additionally condemned the assault.
“I strongly condemn…heinous and cowardly terrorist assault on our Sikh neighborhood Gurdwara in Karta-e Parwan,” Tolo information quoted Abdullah Abdullah as saying.
The UN Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Twitter stated it “strongly condemns at present’s assault on a Sikh temple in Kabul.” “Assaults on civilians should stop instantly,” the UNAMA stated and known as for the safety of all minorities in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan was as soon as house to tens of hundreds of Sikhs and Hindus, however a long time of battle have seen the quantity dwindle to a tiny handful. Lately, those that have remained have been repeatedly focused by the native department of the Islamic State (IS) militant group. In 2018, a suicide bomber struck a gathering within the japanese metropolis of Jalalabad, while one other gurdwara was attacked in 2020.
“On the time of the assault in Jalalabad, there have been round 1,500 Sikhs, after that individuals thought, ‘We will’t dwell right here’,” Sukhbir Singh Khalsa advised BBC.
Extra left after the assault in 2020, he added, and by the point the Taliban took energy final yr, there have been lower than 300 Sikhs. Now there are simply round 150.
“All our historic gurdwaras have been martyred already, and now the one one which was left has been, too,” he stated. For the reason that Taliban took energy in August final yr, Afghanistan has seen persevering with assaults by rival Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State.