An explosion occurred at a Sikh temple after gunmen stormed the building and opened fire.
Multiple explosions were heard as well as gunshots at a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital Kabul, and scores of people died in what is being reported as a possible ISIS terror attack.
Four consecutive explosions were reported from the Gurdwara Karte Parwan, a Sikh place of worship, in Kabul, and gunfire continued Saturday morning.
Armed assailants reportedly entered the building and a siege is underway, tribuneindia.com reported.
According to reports, up to 30 hostages could be held on the second floor of the temple.
Eyewitnesses claimed that there were many dead and people were being taken to hospital.
In the Afghan capital Kabul, Saturday morning (June 18), victims are to be feared.
“There were about 30 people inside the temple. We don’t know how many of them are alive or how many are dead. The Taliban won’t let us in, we don’t know what to do,” he said. a manager, Gornam. Singh, told Reuters.
The front door of the building is on fire and Taliban forces are preparing to attack the shooter inside believed to be from the Islamic State, an eyewitness told tribuneindia.com.
Manjinder Singh Sirsa of India’s BJP political party reportedly spoke to Gurdwara Karte Parwan chairman Gurnam Singh who confirmed the attack began at 6am local time when the first prayers of the day were underway .
Mr Singh Sirsa posted a video on Twitter showing large plumes of black smoke and the sound of gunfire.
He wrote: “Video of terrorist attack on Karte Parwan Gurdwara Sahib in Kabul at 6am today. At present Gurudwara is in possession of terrorists. It is the main minority gurdwara Sikh in Afghanistan.”
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In a follow up tweet he said: Sikh Sangat (about 10-15 people) stuck at Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul which was attacked by terrorists today morning. One person was reported dead in this attack.”
Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders say they have secured the country since taking power in August, but international officials and analysts say the risk of a resurgence in militancy remains.