India Condemns Terror Attack On Sikh Gurdwara In Afghanistan (Photo Credit: News Nation)
India on Wednesday strongly condemned the terror attack on a Sikh gurdwara in Afghanistan's capital Kabul. Moreover, India pledged to provide help to the affected families of the Hindu and Sikh community of Afghanistan. It is to be noted that in the heinous terrorist attack, at least 25 devotees lost their lives and 8 others were injured.
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said, "We convey our sincerest condolences to the immediate family members of the deceased and wish speedy recovery to the injured. India stands ready to extend all possible assistance to the affected families of the Hindu and Sikh community of Afghanistan."
The MEA further said, "Such cowardly attacks on the places of religious worship of the minority community, especially at this time of COVID 19 pandemic, is reflective of the diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers."
The MEA also praised Afghan security forces. "We commend the brave Afghan security forces for their valorous response to the attack and their exemplary courage and dedication to protect the Afghan people and secure the country," it said.
"India stands in solidarity with the people, the Government and the security forces of Afghanistan in their efforts for bringing peace and security to the country," the MEA concluded.
Early today, unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers stormed the Sikh gurdwara killing at least 25 devotees and wounding 8 others. The gurdwara is situated in Shor Bazar area of Kabul city. The ISIS terrorist group, which has targeted Sikhs before in Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the latest attack.
Recently, the heinous terror attack took place on the ceremony marking the death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, leader of the Hezb-e Wahdat party, in Afghanistan capital Kabul that killed at least 32 people. Also, 61 others were injured in the terror attack. It was the deadliest attack on civilians in Afghanistan this year. Last year, the United Nations and Taliban signed a peace deal that aims for the complete withdrawal of US and NATO troops within 14 months.
(With PTI Inputs)