On 25th March 2020, a terror attack on a Gurudwara in Kabul shook the country and the Sikh community in Afghanistan. According to reports, the attack began at 7:45 am and continued till midday which left 11 people dead. The attackers also took around 200 people hostage but let them go after a temporary lockdown. The Islamic State Group has allegedly taken responsibility for this attack.
India strongly condemned this act and said that it will do everything possible to ease the pain of the Sikh community in Afghanistan.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “We convey our sincerest condolences to the immediate family members of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. India stands ready to extend all possible assistance to the affected families of the Hindu and Sikh community of Afghanistan”.
The Taliban which is in the middle of peace negotiating with the government of Afghanistan and because of that has denied any role in the attack. The MEA hinted that Pakistan’s involvement in the act is quite possible. They also said that both India and Afganistan are combating the COVID-19 pandemic and this attack was “reflective of the diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers”
India lauded the Afghan security forces which worked relentlessly to help fight the attackers and eliminated any further threats. This was one of the first attacks on the minority communities in Afganistan after India brought out a new citizenship law in December.