Gurdwara attack: US concerned over safety of Sikhs in Afghanistan

The terror attack on a Sikh shrine in Kabul left 25 dead and 8 injured. (Photo Credit: Twitter @TOLOnews)

New Delhi (NVI): Two weeks after a Sikh shrine was attacked by terrorists in Kabul, the US has voiced concern over the safety of the minority community in the country and asked Afghans to come together to ensure their security.

Terrorists stormed a Sikh Dharamshala in Kabul on March 25, firing at the devotees gathered there and killing 25 people and injuring eight others.

“I remain deeply concerned about the safety of the Sikh community in #Afghanistan. Afghan Sikhs have long been an integral part of the multicultural tapestry of Afghanistan, and Afghans must come together now to ensure the security of religious minorities,” Alice Wells, US State Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, tweeted.

 The ISIS Khurasan had earlier issued a statement, claiming responsibility for the attack. It said the attack was carried out by Abu Khalid al-Hindi, implying an Indian national.

The Indian national, who carried out the terror attack, was later identified as Mohammad Muhsin of Kerala.

The real name of the Indian attacker of the Sikh temple in Kabul city was Mohammad Muhsin, Khaama Press News Agency had reported, quoting unnamed officials of the Intelligence Bureau.

“Originally hailing from Kerala of India, Muhsin left for Afghanistan in 2018 to join the offshoot of the Islamic State terror group or the ISIS Khurasan,” it said.

The report said Muhsin’s mother had confirmed that she received a message that her son was killed during the attack on Sikh temple in Kabul.

According to Indian investigators, 21-year-old Muhsin had worked in worked in Dubai for some time before going to Afghanistan to join the ISIS.