Tuesday, 22 September, 2020

Afghan gunmen storm Sikh temple in Kabul

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Clashes in between protection forces and militants are not unheard of in Kabul

Afghan safety forces are battling gunmen who stormed a Sikh-Hindu temple in central Kabul, reportedly holding an unknown amount of worshippers hostage.

Police mentioned the attack on the temple in the Shorbazar spot commenced at about 07:45 (03:15 GMT).

Witnesses noted hearing explosions and gunfire.

Afghan specific forces sealed off the spot and are engaged in a gun struggle with the attackers. It is not known if there are any casualties.

“People today are stuck inside of the setting up and [security forces] are striving to rescue them,” interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian advised AFP information agency.

Anarkali Kaur Honaryar, a Sikh MP in the Afghan parliament, reported people today had been hiding inside of the temple and their telephones had been switched off.

“I am quite concerned,” he mentioned. “There are about 150 people inside the temple. Households are living there and they normally obtain to present prayers in the mornings.”

No team has mentioned it carried out the assault.

Afghanistan is at the moment mired in a political stalemate with two politicians both of those claiming victory in the presidential election.

The US has been making an attempt to crack the deadlock and also preserve a offer it signed with the Taliban militant team that is meant to pave the way for peace in Afghanistan.

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