While the security forces have cordoned off the area, reports suggest a gunbattle is on with the terrorists inside.
Kabul: Suspected IS-linked terrorists stormed inside the Karte Parwan gurudwara in Kabul and indiscriminately fired upon devotees and reportedly triggered a blast outside the gurudwara. The attack left two dead — a Sikh pilgrim and a Muslim guard — said sources.
While confirmed reports are yet to come in, sources suggest there might have been more casualties. Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs in India is closely monitoring the situation.
While the security forces have cordoned off the area, reports suggest a gunbattle is on with the terrorists inside. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar condemned the attacks and 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.”
Meanwhile, MEA 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.”
Afghanistan’s TOLO News in a tweet said, “The sound of explosions was heard in Karte Parwan area of Kabul city. Details about the nature and casualties of this incident are not yet known.”
Earlier in the day, BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa told the media that three people have managed to come out of the Gurdwara, two of whom have been taken to the hospital. The guard of the Gurdwara was shot dead, he had said added.