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Daesh Claims Attack on Sikh Temple in Afghan Capital
By Staff, Agencies
Terrorists attacked a Sikh-Hindu temple in Kabul on Wednesday, in which nearly 200 people were reported to be trapped inside.
Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a message to journalists that Afghan security forces had blocked off the area and killed two attackers while fending them off, Reuters reported.
“The majority of people were rescued, unfortunately there are casualties,” he said, adding that defense forces were bulking up security around the area to prevent civilian casualties.
Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] later claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE intelligence group. The Taliban, meanwhile, denied any involvement.
"At around 7:45 am, a number of attackers entered a Hindu-Sikh temple," Arian told AFP. "People are stuck inside the building and [security forces] are trying to rescue them."
Narender Singh Khalsa, a member of parliament who represents the Sikh community reported that “Three suicide bombers entered a dharamsala [sanctuary area in temple],” as cited by Reuters.
“The gunmen started their attack at a time when the dharamsala was full of worshippers,” he added.
Earlier this month, Daesh terrorists killed 32 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a political gathering in Kabul.
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