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By Mohammad Yunus Yawar
KABUL (Reuters) – An assault on a Sikh temple within the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday killed no less than two folks and injured seven, officers stated, one other lethal incident in a spate of violence focusing on minorities and locations of worship.
Gray smoke billowed over the realm in pictures aired by home broadcaster Tolo. A Taliban inside spokesman stated attackers had laden a automotive with explosives however it had detonated earlier than reaching its goal.
“There have been round 30 folks contained in the temple,” stated a temple official, Gornam Singh. “We do not know what number of of them are alive or what number of useless.”
A spokesman for Kabul’s commander stated his forces had taken management of the realm and cleared it of attackers. One Sikh worshipper had been killed within the assault and one Taliban fighter killed through the clearing operation, he added.
There was no speedy declare of accountability for the blast.
Since taking energy in August, the Taliban say they’ve elevated safety in Afghanistan and eliminated the nation from militant threats, though worldwide officers and analysts say the chance of a resurgence in militancy stays.
The Islamic State militant group has claimed some assaults in latest months.
The blast on Saturday was extensively condemned as one among a sequence of assaults focusing on minorities, with an announcement from neighbouring Pakistan saying its authorities was “significantly involved on the latest spate of terrorist assaults on locations of worship in Afghanistan.”
The U.N.’s mission to Afghanistan stated in an announcement that minorities within the nation wanted to be protected and India’s President Narendra Modi stated on Twitter (NYSE:) he was “shocked” by assault.
Sikhs are a tiny non secular minority in largely Muslim Afghanistan, comprising about 300 households earlier than the nation fell to the Taliban. However many left afterwards, say members of the neighborhood and media.
Like different non secular minorities, Sikhs have been a continuing goal of violence in Afghanistan. An assault at one other temple in Kabul in 2020 that killed 25 was claimed by Islamic State.
Saturday’s explosion follows a blast at a mosque within the northern metropolis of Kunduz the day past that killed one particular person and injured two, in response to authorities.