Kabul gurdwara attack leaves 11 dead

Kabul gurdwara attack leaves 11 dead


Unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, and up to 200 people were believed to be trapped inside, a member of parliament said.

Afghan security forces had blocked off the area and were taking on the attackers, the Interior Ministry spokesman, Mr. Tariq Arian, said.

A tweet by Tolo News, an Aghan online news group, said: 'A security source said that at least 11 people have been killed by attackers at Dharamshala, a Sikh worship area in PD1 of #Kabul. #Afghanistan'.

'Three attackers are still fighting with security forces and one has been shot. Foreign troops have also responded to the attack on Dharamshala, a Sikh temple in PD1,' it said in another tweet.

It was not immediately clear how many attackers there were or who they were.

The Islamic State group has claimed the attack, according to the SITE intelligence group, in the latest assault. IS said its fighters were currently carrying out an attack on the temple, according to a statement released by SITE, which monitors jihadist networks worldwide.

Mr. Narender Singh Khalsa, a member of parliament who represents the tiny Sikh community, said he had reports that four people had been killed and up to 200 people trapped inside the temple in Shor Bazar area of Kabul in the early morning attack.