Islamic State claims Kabul Gurdwara attack

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Taliban fighters stand guard at the site of the explosions at the Sikh temple in Kabul | Photo: Reuters

The Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) claimed responsibility for the attack on Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul on Sunday. ISKP released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. According to ISKP, “Abu Mohammed al Tajiki” carried out the attack which lasted three hours. The group claimed that in addition to machine guns and hand grenades, four IEDs and a car bomb were also used in the attack. He further claimed that around 50 Hindu Sikhs and Taliban members were killed in the attack and that the attack was carried out in revenge for the insult of the Prophet Muhammad by an Indian politician.

However, during the attack, only two people were killed and seven others were injured. Vigorous action has already been taken against those who have made derogatory remarks. A declaration was also published by the circles concerned emphasizing the respect of all religions, denouncing the insult to any religious personality or degrading any religion or sect. The vested interests that are against Indo-Kuwaiti relations have prompted people to use these derogatory comments. The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday suspended its spokesperson Nupur Sharma from senior party members and expelled its Delhi media chief Naveen Kumar Jindal after their alleged inflammatory remarks against minorities.

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At least two civilians, including a Sikh and a Muslim security guard, died on Saturday after an ISKP attack in the Afghan city of Kabul. Early reports suggest an explosion took place outside the Gurdwara’s gate, killing at least two people. Another explosion was then heard inside the complex and some stores attached to the Gurdwara caught fire. The holy Guru Granth Sahib of Gurudwara in the Afghan capital Kabul was recovered from the compound, from where plumes of smoke were seen billowing after the attack early this morning, according to footage posted on social media.

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Visuals posted by locals on social media show a barefoot man wearing the Guru Granth Sahib on his head. The visuals show two or three other people, all walking without accompanying shoes. According to Sikh religious belief, the Saroop, a physical copy of the Guru Granth Sahib is considered a living guru. The carrying of Guru Granth Sahib is governed by a strict code of conduct and as a sign of respect, the Guru Granth Sahib is carried on the head and the person walks barefoot.

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According to reports, the Holy Book was brought to the residence of Gurnam Singh, President of Gurdwara Karte Parwan. Religious minorities in Afghanistan, including the Sikh community, have been targets of violence in Afghanistan. In October last year, 15-20 terrorists entered a Gurdwara in Kabul’s Kart-e-Parwan district and tied up the guards. In March 2020, a deadly attack took place at Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Gurudwara in the Short Bazaar area of ​​Kabul in which 27 Sikhs were killed and several injured. Islamic State terrorists claimed responsibility for the attack.

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