Unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a Sikh spiritual complicated within the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, and as much as 200 individuals had been believed to be trapped inside, a member of parliament mentioned.
Afghan safety forces had blocked off the world and had been taking over the attackers, Inside Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian mentioned in a message to journalists.
It was not instantly clear what number of attackers there have been or who they had been. It was not identified if there have been any casualties.
A Taliban spokesman, in a message on Twitter, denied duty for the assault.
Narender Singh Khalsa, a member of parliament who represents the tiny Sikh group, mentioned he had experiences that 4 individuals had been killed and as much as 200 individuals trapped contained in the temple within the early morning assault.
“Three suicide bombers entered a dharamsala,” he mentioned, referring to a sanctuary space in a temple compound.
“The gunmen started their attack at a time when the dharamsala was full of worshippers,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the Afghan safety forces had been clashing with the attackers.
The assault comes a day after the USA mentioned it could lower its support to the federal government by $1 billion over frustrations that feuding political leaders couldn’t attain an settlement and kind a workforce to barter with the Taliban.
The Inside Ministry spokesman mentioned Afghan safety forces had cleared one ground of the complicated and had been shifting slowly to try to keep away from civilian casualties.
In 2018, a suicide bombing focusing on the Sikh group and claimed by the Islamic State militant group killed greater than a dozen individuals within the jap Afghan metropolis of Jalalabad.
The US final month struck a cope with the Taliban on the withdrawal of US-led worldwide troops however the settlement doesn’t embody Islamic State militants.