A Taliban spokesman said attackers had laden a car with explosives but it had detonated before reaching its target. Taliban authorities were securing the site, he added.
“There were around 30 people inside the temple,” said temple official Gornam Singh. “We don’t know how many of them are alive or how many dead.”
The Taliban were not allowing the temple authorities inside, Singh said.
India’s foreign ministry has expressed concern over reports of the attack. “We are deeply concerned at the reports emanating from Kabul about an attack on a sacred Gurudwara in that city. We are closely monitoring the situation and waiting for further details,” foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet.
We are deeply concerned at the reports emanating from Kabul about an attack on a sacred Gurudwara in that city. W… https://t.co/xiolrKKnKq
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) 1655527117000
Delhi based BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa also confirmed the news on Twitter.
Heartwrenching visuals of Gurdwara Karte Parwan Sahib post terror attackThe damage done is beyond repair. One pers… https://t.co/4c2tonA4O9
— Manjinder Singh Sirsa (@mssirsa) 1655533830000
A spokesman for Kabul’s commander said his forces had taken control of the area and cleared it of attackers. One Sikh worshipper had been killed in the attack and one Taliban fighter was eliminated during the clearing operation, he added.
Indian World Forum President Puneet Singh Chandhok had earlier tweeted, “Alarming news from #Kabul armed militants likely from #ISIS as per Gurnam Singh the president of Gurdwara, have entered Karte Parwan Gurudwara. He is weeping & many of those residing in Gurdwara have been killed as per him .Requesting @narendramodi ji & @MEAIndia for SOS assistance”
Saturday’s explosion follows a blast at a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz the previous day that killed one person and injured two, according to authorities.
(With inputs from agencies)