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Open fire in a Gurudwara in Kabul



Two people died after a group of unidentified gunmen stormed a gurdwara in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, and opened fire. The deceased have been identified as 60-year-old Sawinder Singh, a native of Ghazni whose family resides in Delhi, and Ahmad, who was a security guard at the gurdwara.

Gurnam Singh, the president of the Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Guru Gobind Singh Karte Parwan, confirmed the attack to The Indian Express. “Gunmen have opened fire in the gurdwara. We are on the other side of the building right now. Some people are suspected to be dead, but details will be clear only when we move inside,” he said.

Two people died after a group of unidentified gunmen stormed a gurdwara in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, and opened fire. The deceased have been identified as 60-year-old Sawinder Singh, a native of Ghazni whose family resides in Delhi, and Ahmad, who was a security guard at the gurdwara.

Gurnam Singh, the president of the Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Guru Gobind Singh Karte Parwan, confirmed the attack to The Indian Express. “Gunmen have opened fire in the gurdwara. We are on the other side of the building right now. Some people are suspected to be dead, but details will be clear only when we move inside,” he said.

Speaking about the attack, Punjab Rajya Sabha MP Vikram Sahney told The Indian Express: “The gunmen who attacked the Kabul Gurdwara are probably from the Daesh group, rivals of the Taliban. The Taliban fighters have reached the spot and a fight is ongoing between them. The gurdwara is damaged and 4 Sikhs are missing.”

Meanwhile, India, on Saturday, expressed concern about the attacks on the Gurudwara in Kabul and said that it was closely monitoring the situation. In response to questions, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “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,” he added.

External Affairs minister S Jaishankar while condemning the attack, tweeted, “The cowardly attack on Gurudwara Karte Parwan should be condemned in the strongest terms by all.”

“We have been closely monitoring developments since the news of the attack was received. Our first and foremost concern is for the welfare of the community,” he added.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, while speaking against the attack, tweeted: “Have heard reports of shots being fired at devotees, I’m praying for everyone’s safety. I urge PM @narendramodi ji and @MEAIndia for immediate assistance to ensure the safety of minorities in Kabul.”

Gurdwara Karte Parwan is the central gurdwara of the Sikh community in Kabul.

There are at least 150 Afghan Sikhs still stuck in the country following the Taliban takeover. They have been seeking visas from India for the past few months.

Last October, a few months after the Taliban took over, unidentified gunmen had stormed the Gurdwara Karte Parwan and vandalised the property. Since then, Afghan Sikhs have been appealing to be rescued to India. On March 25, 2020, a group of ISIS gunman killed at least 25 persons from the Sikh community after opening fire at the Gurdwara Guru Har Rai Sahib in Kabul. Before this, in 2018, a suicide bomber in Jalalabad killed at least 19 Sikhs and Hindus, including Awtar Singh Khalsa, father of former Sikh MP Narinder Singh Khalsa. Awtar was at the time running for parliamentary polls in Afghanistan.

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