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Sikh Gurudwara Attack: 25 People Killed In Sikh Temple Attacks In Kabul

Sikh Gurudwara Attack in Kabul: 25 people have been killed and scored wounded by “suicide bombers” attacking a Sikh Gurudwara (temple) in the Shorbazar area of Kabul,  the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.

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Security forces had cordoned off the area, located in old Kabul, and are trying to counter the attack, which began at 7:45 am local time, Ministry of Interior spokesman Tariq Arian said in a message to journalists. “People are stuck inside the building and (security forces) are trying to rescue them,” Arian told AFP news agency.

Narendra Singh Khalsa, a parliamentarian from the minority Sikh community, told AFP that had been near the Gurdwara when the attack happened and ran to the site. Khalsa later told Reuters that many people were still inside the building.

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“The gunmen started their attack at a time when the Dharamsala was full of worshippers. “Another Sikh Member of Parliament said there were “about 150 people inside the temple”.

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“Some people inside the temple are hiding and their phones are off. I am very concerned,” Anarkali Kaur Honaryar told AFP news agency.  It was not immediately clear how many attackers there were or who they were.

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Indian Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has condemned the attack at a Gurdwara in Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul that killed at least 11 people. “Suicide attack on a Gurudwara Sahib in Kabul needs to be strongly condemned.

These killings are a grim reminder of atrocities that continue to be inflicted upon religious minorities in some countries and the urgency with which their lives & religious freedom have to be safeguarded,” Puri tweeted.

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Indian Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh called the incident “tragic and unfortunate” and urged Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to “find out the perpetrators and look after our people.” “Horrific news coming from Kabul where a barbaric terror attack happened in the Gurudwara Guru Har Rai.

It’s extremely tragic and unfortunate. Request President @AshrafGhani Ji to find out the perpetrators and look after our people,” Singh tweeted.

Pakistan also condemned the terror attacks on Sikh temple in Afghanistan. A tweet by Pakistan Foreign Office stated: #Pakistan strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack on a Gurdwara in Kabul, that has resulted in the loss of precious lives and injuries to several worshippers.

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