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11 killed as gunmen attack Sikh religious complex in Kabul

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:13 PM, 25 March 2020  

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At least 11 worshippers were killed and many others injured as unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday. 

According to the local media report, the gunmen attacked the gurdwara in Shor Bazar area at about 7:45 am (local time) as 150 worshippers were inside the complex.

“At least 11 people have been killed and 11 others wounded in the attack at Dharamshala, a Sikh worship area in PD1 of Kabul,” Tolo News quoted a security source as saying.

“Three attackers are still fighting with security forces and one has been shot. Foreign troops have also responded to the attack on Dharamshala, a Sikh temple in PD1,” it said in a tweet.

Kabul police said that at least 11 children have been rescued from the gurudwara.

Narindra Singh Khalsa, a parliamentarian from the minority Sikh community, told reporters close to the scene that up to 150 people were praying inside the gurudwara when it came under attack.

“Afghan forces have cleared the first floor of a Sikh worship area in PD1 of Kabul, where suicide bombers are battling security forces,” Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian was quoted as saying in the report.

“A number of people have been rescued who were trapped inside the building,” he said.

The Taliban has denied involvement in the attack.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that the militant group had no link with the attack in Shor Bazar area of Kabul, Khama News agency reported. 

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