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Centre Grants Nearly 100 E-Visas To Afghan Sikhs And Hindus After Terror Attack

The Centre has granted nearly 100 e-visas on priority to Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, government sources said, in the wake of a deadly attack by the Islamic State on a Sikh temple in Afghan capital Kabul.

Terrorists stormed Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighborhood early Saturday morning, killing two persons, including a Sikh, and injuring seven others, in the latest targeted attack on a place of worship of the Sikh community in the war-torn country.

According to the Interior Ministry, the terrorists and Taliban fighters had a gunfight for several hours.

The blast on Saturday was widely condemned as one of a series of attacks targeting minorities, with a statement from neighbouring Pakistan saying its government was “seriously concerned at the recent spate of terrorist attacks on places of worship in Afghanistan.”

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India has slammed the “cowardly attack” and said it is closely monitoring the situation. Modi tweeted, “Shocked by the cowardly terrorist attack against the Karte Parwan Gurudwara in Kabul. I condemn this barbaric attack, and pray for the safety and well-being of the devotees.”

Like other religious minorities, Sikhs have been a continual target of violence in Afghanistan. An attack at another temple in Kabul in 2020 that killed 25 was also claimed by Islamic State.

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