“They killed everyone, no one is left alive,” Apar Singh sums up the horrific assault carried out by a lone terrorist on a outstanding Sikh gurdwara in Afghanistan’ Kabul that killed at the very least 25 folks.
Over two-dozen folks had been killed and eight others had been injured when a closely armed suicide bomber stormed a outstanding gurdwara on Wednesday within the coronary heart of Afghanistan’s Kabul, in one of many deadliest assaults on the minority Sikh group.
Some of the Afghan Sikhs, who misplaced their total household within the assault, are questioning what “sin” they’ve dedicated to deserve such a destiny, TOLO information reported.
Recalling the assault, one man, who misplaced seven members of his household within the assault, stated that the suicide bomber fired at a person, lady and a toddler and “showed no mercy to anyone.”
One of the lads, who misplaced his mom within the assault, requested: “what was my mother’s sin and why are the country’s minorities being targeted like this?”.
“Come and slaughter us if we harmed any Muslim,” stated one of many sufferer’s relations.
“What is our sin? Come and tell us about our sins. If we have done anything to Muslims?” requested different relations of the victims.
Harwinder Singh, who misplaced all seven members of his household, stated the attackers killed all his members of the family in entrance of his eyes.
“They (attackers) killed my mother and my wife with my small child with bullets in front of my eyes,” Mr Singh stated.
“They killed everyone, no one is left alive,” stated Apar Singh, one other sufferer.
A lady, who has been transferred to the hospital for remedy after she was wounded, stated there was no information of her members of the family who had come for prayer.
“All of our youths were killed, what should we do with the children that are left from the attack?” requested a wounded individual.
The brutal assault on the minority Sikh group has sparked anger amongst Afghan residents.
“The attack showed that they (attackers) don’t have any mercy on anyone and they are not obeying any law nor any religion,” stated Mohammad Mustafa, a resident of Kabul.
“They don’t care about Muslims nor Hindus, it means humanity does not have any meaning for them,” stated Haroon Rasouly, one other resident of Kabul.
The assault has confronted extreme condemnation from each inside and out of doors the nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on Wednesday that he was “saddened” by the assault on the gurdwara when 150 worshippers had been contained in the constructing.
“I am saddened by today’s terror attack at Gurudwara in Kabul. I express my condolences to the families of all the deceased,” he stated in a tweet.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) additionally condemned the assault that lasted for about six hours, terming it cowardly and reflective of a “diabolical mindset”.
“Such cowardly attacks on places of religious worship of the minority community, especially at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, is reflective of the diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers,” it stated in an announcement.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the assault, saying: “The attack on the religious sites shows the extreme weakness of the enemy, religious sites should not be vulnerable to attacks and violence.”
India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar on Thursday visited the gurdwara and supplied condolences to households of the victims of the horrific assault.
Islamist militants have focused sikhs various occasions in Afghanistan.
In July 2018, ISIS terrorists bombed a gathering of Sikhs and Hindus within the japanese metropolis of Jalalabad, killing 19 folks and injuring 20.
Awtar Singh Khalsa, one of many nation’s best-known Sikh politicians then, was amongst these killed within the assault.