Kabul Gurdwara terror attack: Centre grants e-visas to over 100 Sikhs, Hindus in Afghanistan

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Kabul gurdwara terror attack: Centre grants e-visas to over 100 Sikhs, Hindus in Afghanistan
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New Delhi: Following a terrorist attack at a gurdwara in Kabul on Saturday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) granted e-visas to over 100 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan on priority, said government sources on Sunday.

Terrorists stormed Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighborhood early Saturday morning, killing two persons, including a Sikh, and injuring seven others, in the latest targeted attack on a place of worship of the Sikh community in the war-torn country.

According to the Interior Ministry, the terrorists and Taliban fighters had a gunfight for several hours.

The three attackers were killed by the Taliban forces, the Pajhwok news agency reported. 

The Interior Ministry in a statement said that an explosive-laden vehicle aiming to target the place was thwarted by Afghan security personnel before reaching the place of worship of the minority community.

At least 30 people were inside the gurdwara when it was attacked early in the morning 

“First the gunmen threw a hand grenade which caused a fire near the gate of the gurdwara,” the Associated Press quoted the Interior Ministry spokesman as saying. 

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the “barbaric” terrorist attack and said he was praying for the safety and well-being of the devotees.

“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,” he tweeted.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also strongly condemned the “cowardly attack” on the gurdwara and said the government was closely monitoring the situation following the incident. 

“The cowardly attack on Gurdwara 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,” Jaishankar tweeted.

“We are deeply concerned at the reports emanating from Kabul about an attack on a sacred Gurdwara in that city. We are closely monitoring the situation and waiting for further details on the unfolding developments,” the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs also tweeted.

No terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of now.

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