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Following gurudwara attack, India gives e-visas to over 100 Sikhs, Hindus in Afghanistan

The three attackers were killed by the Taliban forces. Since the Taliban took power in August last year, Afghanistan has seen continuing attacks by rival Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State.

Poorva Joshi Edited by: Poorva Joshi @poorvajoshi1424 Kabul Updated on: June 19, 2022 19:09 IST
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Following gurudwara attack, India gives e-visas to over 100 Sikhs, Hindus in Afghanistan

Highlights

  • Indian government on Sunday gave e-visas to over 100 Sikhs and Hindu in Kabul.
  • Several blasts tore through Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul's Bagh-e Bala yesterday.
  • It was the latest targeted assault on a place of worship of the Sikh community in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Gurudwara Attack: Following a deadly terror attack on a gurudwara in Kabul, the Indian government on Sunday gave e-visas to over 100 Sikhs and Hindu in Kabul, sources said.  The electronic visas have been given "on priority" to these people by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Earlier today, the Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack on the gurdwara in Afghanistan's capital. The attack killed two persons, including one Sikh community member, calling it "an act of support" for the Prophet.

Several blasts tore through Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul's Bagh-e Bala neighbourhood on Saturday while Afghan security personnel thwarted a bigger tragedy by stopping an explosive-laden vehicle from reaching the place of worship of the minority community.

"More than 100 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus have been granted e-visas by India, on priority, post the attack on gurudwara in Kabul,” a source said.

The dreaded terror group said one of its fighters "penetrated a temple for Hindu and Sikh polytheists" in Kabul, after killing the guard, and opened fire on the worshippers inside with his machine gun and hand grenades.

It was the latest targeted assault on a place of worship of the Sikh community in Afghanistan. The three attackers were killed by the Taliban forces. Since the Taliban took power in August last year, Afghanistan has seen continuing attacks by rival Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State.

(With PTI Inputs)

Also Read: Kabul Gurudwara blast : Gunfire, explosions kill 2; India says 'closely monitoring' situation

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