The incident highlights the country's ongoing security crisis and comes as the impoverished nation reels from a massive cut in USA aid and struggles with a raging insurgency, political deadlock, and rising coronavirus cases. "The gunmen started their attack at a time when it was full of worshippers".
At least one person died and a number were wounded after suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the temple in the Shorbazar area at 07:45 (03:15 GMT).
Only a few thousand Sikhs and Hindus are estimated to reside in what is an overwhelmingly Muslim nation.
India praised the Afghan security forces which freed the hostages and eliminated the fighters.
Indian Intelligence Agencies believes that Lashkar e Tayibba and Haqqani Network are responsible for the terrorist attack on Sikh Gurudwara in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Khalsa, the only representative of the Sikh community in Afghanistan said he received a call from a worshipper inside the gurdwara, informing him about the attack. There were about 150 worshippers inside the Gudwara at the time of the attack, he said, adding that at least four people have been killed. But it was feared the toll would rise much higher, as images posted online showed several bodies as well as terrified people who appeared to be Sikhs running from the scene. The MEA hinted at Pakistan's involvement in the act and said the attack, which was carried out as both Afghanistan and India are combating the COVID-19 pandemic, was "reflective of the diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers". Sikhism and Hinduism are rooted in India.
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A suicide bombing targeting the Sikh community and claimed by Islamic State killed more than a dozen people in 2018 in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. "Afghan special forces confirmed", it said in a tweet.
War-torn Afghanistan is now mired in a political stalemate with two politicians, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, both claiming victory in the presidential election.
At a Kabul hospital, Mohan Singh, who was in the Gurdwara when the attack began, said he first heard the sound of gunshots and ran for cover under a table.
This is the deadliest attack since a peace deal was signed between the U.S. and Taliban in Doha on February 29 this year, where the United States has agreed to completely withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. Coronavirus is continuing to spread across Afghanistan.
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