An Afghan Sikh brother, who was among two people killed in a terror attack on a gurdwara in Kabul, said his brother-in-law was bathing when he was shot several times.
Several explosions were carried out by Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala district on Saturday while Afghan security forces prevented a major disaster by stopping a heavy truck to reach a small area of worship.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it a “supportive act” for the Prophet.
In Delhi, family members of Sawinder Singh mourn the loss of a loved one, as they struggle to post horrific images of the attack.
While Singh’s wife was unhappy, her brother Pupender Singh, 36, shared a series of events together.
“My mother-in-law ran a shop and gave ‘sewa’ in Gurdwara Karte Parwan, and she also lived in a room in her neighborhood. I received a call yesterday morning from my uncle who lives in Kabul that gurudwara has come . attacked. He and his friend were on their way to Jalalabad, when they told the taxi driver to take them back to Kabul, “he said.
Kabul-born Pupender Singh claims to be an Afghan Sikh and Sawinder Singh family and many other family members were born and raised in Afghanistan alone.
“When my brother arrived in Kabul, at that time the Taliban fighters had already arrived and were moving into the area. Most of the explosion was destroyed gurdwara. My brother then found the body of our brother-in-law and called me to tell him mi. yen ‘wo shaheed ho gaye hain‘(The groom’s brother has killed the witness), “Pupender Singh told PTI.
“We have pictures and videos of him with a bullet. There are bullet marks on his chest, in two places, and even in one leg. He has been shot several times, and what information have I received? from my brother in Kabul. ” he was shot dead while taking a bath in the bathroom. The door was broken, ”he said, with a heviness in his voice.
Islamic State – Khorasan Province (ISKP), an affiliate of the ISIS terrorist group has claimed that one of its fighters “entered a temple for Hindu and Sikh polytheists” in Kabul, after killing the guard and opening fire on worshipers inside with your machine guns and hand grenades.
It is the latest attack on the Sikh community in Afghanistan. Taliban militants killed three of the attackers.
In 2018, a suicide bomber struck a rally in the eastern city of Jalalabad, while another gurdwara struck in 2020.
“My mother” (uncle) was killed in the 2018 attack, “recalls Pupender Singh, who went to India in 2010 and now lives in a refugee camp in Janakpuri.
He said the family wanted Sawinder Singh, 60, to return to India, especially after the situation had worsened since the Taliban took power in August 2021.
“Since, he does not have a passport, he cannot book his ticket. Indian government officials and Taliban officials have held discussions recently and, he hopes the passports may be available by the end of the month. However, the fate matters. at the store, ”lamented Pupender Singh.
“My mother-in-law did”sewa‘and he was very religious. ‘Ab jo Wahe Guru ji ki marzi hai‘(Whatever God wills). Everyone at home is drowning in grief, ”he said.
Meanwhile, India has granted e-visas to more than 100 Sikhs and Hindus living in Afghanistan following a deadly terrorist attack on a gurudwara in Kabul, government sources said on Sunday.
The electronic passports have been issued “specifically” to these people by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, they said.
The terror attack on the gurdwara came days after the ISKP in a video message warned of an attack on Hindus to avenge the remarks against Prophet Mohammad by two former BJP staff.
Earlier, the ISKP claimed responsibility for attacks on Hindus, Sikhs and Shia Muslims in Afghanistan.
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