A relative of the Afghan Sikh man, who’s among the many two individuals killed in a terror assault on a gurdwara in Kabul, stated his brother-in-law was taking a shower when he was fatally shot a number of occasions.
Several blasts tore by Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighbourhood on Saturday whereas Afghan safety personnel thwarted a much bigger tragedy by stopping an explosive-laden automobile from reaching the place of worship of the minority group.
The ISIS has claimed duty for the assault, calling it “an act of support” for the Prophet.
In Delhi, relations of Sawinder Singh had been mourning the lack of a liked one, as they struggled to place behind the horrid photos of assault.
While Singh’s spouse was inconsolable, her brother Pupender Singh, 36, shared the sequence of occasions he pieced collectively.
“My brother-in-law ran a shop and offered ‘sewa’ at the Gurdwara Karte Parwan, and also lived in a room on its premises. I got a call yesterday morning from my younger brother who lives in Kabul that the gurudwara had been attacked. He along with his friend was on his way to Jalalabad, when they told the taxi driver to take them back to Kabul,” he stated.
Kabul-born Pupender Singh stated they had been an Afghan Sikh household and Sawinder Singh and several other different relations had been all born and raised in Afghanistan solely.
“When my brother reached to Kabul, by that point Taliban forces had already arrived they usually had been shifting by the realm. Multiple blasts had accomplished destroyed the gurdwara. My brother then noticed the physique of our brother-in-law and known as me to tell that ‘wo shaheed ho gaye hain‘ (brother-in-law has been martyred),” Pupender Singh advised PTI.
“We have the pictures and videos of his bullet-riddled body. There are bullet marks on his chest, at two places, and on a foot too. He was shot multiple times, and what information I have received from my brother in Kabul, he was shot dead while he was taking a bath in the bathroom. The door was found broken,” he stated, with a heaviness in his voice.
The Islamic State – Khorasan Province (ISKP), an affiliate of the ISIS terrorist group has stated that certainly one of its fighters “penetrated a temple for Hindu and Sikh polytheists” in Kabul, after killing the guard, and opened hearth on the worshippers inside together with his machine gun and hand grenades.
It was the most recent focused assault on a spot of worship of the Sikh group in Afghanistan. The three attackers had been killed by the Taliban forces.
In 2018, a suicide bomber struck a gathering within the jap metropolis of Jalalabad, while one other gurdwara was attacked in 2020.
“My ‘mama’ (maternal uncle) was killed in the 2018 attack,” recalled Pupender Singh, who moved to India in 2010 and now lives in a refugee settlement in Janakpuri.
He stated, the household needed Sawinder Singh, who was aged about 60, to return to India, particularly after the state of affairs has develop into harder there because the Taliban took over in August 2021.
“Since, he didn’t have a visa, he couldn’t book his ticket. Indian officials and Taliban officials recently had held talks and, he was hoping that visas might be issued by the month end. But, the fate had something else in store,” Pupender Singh lamented.
“My brother-in-law did ‘sewa‘ and was a really spiritual man. ‘Ab jo Wahe Guru ji ki marzi hai‘ (Whatever the God wills). Everyone at house is drowned in grief,” he stated.
Meanwhile, India has given e-visas to over 100 Sikhs and Hindus residing in Afghanistan following the lethal terror assault on a gurudwara in Kabul, authorities sources stated on Sunday.
The digital visas have been given “on priority” to those individuals by the Ministry of Home Affairs, they stated.
The terror assault on the gurdwara got here days after the ISKP in a video message warned of an assault in opposition to Hindus to avenge the remarks in opposition to Prophet Mohammad by two former BJP functionaries.
In the previous too, the ISKP had claimed duty for assaults on locations of worship of Hindus, Sikhs and Shia Muslims in Afghanistan.
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