Kabul / New Delhi:
Two people – a Sikh adherent and an Afghan guard – have been killed and several have been trapped in a Gurdwara in the Afghan capital Kabul after two blasts hit the city this morning. The blast took place at the gates of the Gurdwara. Several shots were also heard.
The two blasts took place near the two gates of Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Sahib Ji, Karte Parwan, Kabul, local reports say.
There are several devotees in the Gurdwara, sources said, adding that some managed to escape and were sent to a nearby hospital. However, the total number of victims in the Gurdwara is not yet known, they said.
At least two explosions were heard on a busy street near the Gurdwara in the Karte Parwan area of Kabul around 7 a.m. local time (Kabul). The area is densely populated.
BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa told ANI news agency that three people have emerged from the Gurdwara, two of whom have been taken to hospital. The guard of the Gurdwara was shot dead, he added.
According to the information so far, 3 people have come out (from the Gurudwara) – 2 of them have been sent to the hospital. Guard of the Gurudwara – a Muslim – died from bullets. 7-8 people are still being detained, but numbers have not been confirmed. Shooting continues: Manjinder Singh Sirsa, BJP pic.twitter.com/qlQ38icfXS
– ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2022
“We are very concerned about reports coming from Kabul of an attack on a holy Gurudwara in the city. We are closely monitoring the situation and await further details on developments,” the foreign ministry said.
Recent Attacks in Afghanistan
On June 11, several people were injured after an explosion in Kabul.
“The blast took place in Batkhak Square in Kabul’s 10th district,” Tolo News said in a Tweet.
“Earlier, on Monday, an explosion occurred in Kabul Police District 4 with explosives carried on a bicycle,” Kabul’s security department said.
“Security forces have arrived in the area to investigate the matter,” local media outlet Tolo News reported.
Prior to this, three explosions on May 25 shook the capital of Afghan province of Balkh, killing at least 9 people and injuring 15 others. On the same day, an explosion at the Masjid Sharif Hazrat Zakaria Mosque in Kabul city killed at least two, officials said.
In response to the attacks in Balkh and Kabul, US Special Envoy for Women and Human Rights in Afghanistan Rina Amiri said the Taliban must ensure people’s safety and prevent atrocities.
“The horrific attacks in Mazar and Kabul have no other purpose than to inflict more devastation on innocent Afghans who have already suffered enough,” Rina Amiri tweeted.
In addition, an explosion at a traffic circle in Kabul’s fourth precinct had previously killed at least 30 people and injured others in Hazrat Zekriya Mosque.
The Taliban faced a serious security threat from the Khorasan branch of ISIS, which has been active in Afghanistan since 2014.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had condemned the recent attacks in Afghanistan that killed numerous civilians, including members of the Hazara Shia community and several children.
(Inputs from ANI)