Daesh claims Kabul Sikh temple attack

Taliban fighter stands guard along a road in Kabul on June 18, 2022, after gunmen stormed a Sikh temple killing at least one member of the community and wounding seven more, the interior ministry said. (Photo: AFP)
KABUL — Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack on a Sikh temple in Afghanistan that killed one community member and a Taliban fighter, saying it was retaliation for insults against the Prophet Mohammed.اضافة اعلان

Protests in several Muslim countries were sparked by a spokeswoman for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist party comments earlier this month about the relationship between the prophet and his youngest wife.

In a message posted on its propaganda site, the Daesh group said Saturday’s attack targeted Hindus and Sikhs and the “apostates” who protected them.

Daesh said one of its fighters “penetrated a temple for Hindu and Sikh polytheists in Kabul, after killing its guard, and opened fire on the pagans inside with his machine gun and hand grenades”.

Two were killed and at least seven others wounded in the raid.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said the attackers lobbed at least one grenade when they entered the temple, setting off a blaze.

The attack follows a visit by an Indian delegation to Kabul to discuss the distribution of humanitarian aid from India to Afghanistan.

Afghan and Indian media reports said the delegation discussed with Taliban officials the possibility of reopening the Indian embassy, which shut after the Islamists seized power in August last year.

The number of bombings across Afghanistan has dropped since the Taliban returned to power, but several attacks — many targeting minority communities — have rocked the country in recent months, including several claimed by Daesh.

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