In a message posted on its Amaq propaganda site, the IS-KP said that Saturday’s attack targeted Hindus, Sikhs, and the “apostates” who protected them in “an act of support for the Messenger of Allah”.
At least 30 members of the minority Sikh community were at the Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul’s Bagh-e-Bala area, when an explosives-laden vehicle blew up near the Sikh temple at about 6:30 am.
The Islamic State-Khorasan Province claimed responsibility for the Karte Parwan Gurdwara attack in Kabul on Saturday, and said that the attack was conducted as revenge for the “insult” of Prophet Muhammad by Nupur Sharma. They further added that the attack that lasted for about three hours was carried out by Abu Muhammad al Tajik.
According to sources, two people were killed and seven others were wounded in the attack. The Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs confirmed that the attackers were killed by Taliban forces, without giving any details about the number of assailants.
The two people deceased in the attack were identified as Sawinder Singh and Ahmad, who worked as a private security guard at the gurdwara.
Gurmeet Singh, an Afghan Sikh from Kabul said, “We could hear bomb blasts and gunshots at our home. At the time of the attack, the holy saroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib was enshrined inside the gurdwara and daily prayers were being recited. The incident took place at about 6.30 am Kabul time.”
The Indian side expressed deep concern over the attack and said that it was monitoring the situation closely. “Shocked by the cowardly terrorist attack against the Karte Parwan Gurudwara in Kabul. I condemn this barbaric attack, and pray for the safety and well-being of the devotees,” tweeted PM Modi.
In Amritsar, Akal Takht officiating jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has requested the Union Ministry to take up the matter of the safety and evacuation of Sikhs from Afghanistan with the Taliban government.