A family member of the Afghan Sikh man, who is one of the two people killed in a terrorist attack on a gurdwara in Kabul, said his brother-in-law was taking a bath when he was fatally shot several times.
Several explosions tore through Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighborhood on Saturday as Afghan security personnel thwarted a major tragedy by blocking an explosive-laden vehicle to reach the place of worship of the minority community.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it “an act of support” for the Prophet.
In Delhi, relatives of Sawinder Singh mourned the loss of a loved one while struggling to put back the horrific images of attack.
While Singh’s wife was inconsolable, her brother Pupender Singh, 36, shared the sequence of events he put together.
“My brother-in-law ran a shop and offered ‘sewa’ at the Gurdwara Karte Parwan, and also lived in a room on his premises. I received a call yesterday morning from my younger brother who lives in Kabul that the gurudwara was He “was on his way to Jalalabad with his friend when they told the taxi driver to take them back to Kabul,” he said.
Kabul-born Pupender Singh said they are an Afghan Sikh family and Sawinder Singh and several other family members were all born and raised in Afghanistan.
“When my brother came out of Kabul, the Taliban forces had already arrived by that time and they were moving through the area. Multiple explosions destroyed the gurdwara. My brother then saw the body of our brother-in-law and called me to inform that ”wo shaheed ho gaye hain“(brother-in-law was tortured),” Pupender Singh told PTI.
“We have the photos and videos of his bullet-ridden body. There are bullet marks on his chest, in two places, and also on one foot. He was shot several times, and what information did I receive from my brother in Kabul?” he was shot dead while bathing in the bathroom. The door was found broken, “he said with a heaviness in his voice.
The Islamic State – Khorasan Province (ISKP), a subsidiary of the ISIS terrorist group, said one of its fighters invaded a temple for Hindu and Sikh policemen in Kabul, after killing the guard, and on the worshipers inside with his machine gun and hand grenades.
It was the latest targeted attack on a place of worship of the Sikh community in Afghanistan. The three attackers were killed by Taliban forces.
In 2018, a suicide bomber struck a rally in the eastern city of Jalalabad, while another gurdwara was attacked in 2020.
“My ‘mother’ (maternal uncle) was killed in the 2018 attack,” recalls Pupender Singh, who moved to India in 2010 and now lives in a refugee settlement in Janakpuri.
He said the family wanted Sawinder Singh, who was about 60 years old, to return to India, especially after the situation there became more difficult since the Taliban took over in August 2021.
“As he did not have a visa, he could not book his ticket. Indian officials and Taliban officials held talks recently and he hoped that visas would be issued by the end of the month. But fate has something. otherwise in the store, ”Pupender Singh complained.
“My brother-in-law has”sewa‘and was a very religious man. ‘Ab jo Wahe Guru ji ki marzi hai‘(Whatever God wants). “Everyone at home is drowning in sadness,” he said.
Meanwhile, India has given e-visas to more than 100 Sikhs and Hindus living in Afghanistan after the deadly terrorist attack on a gurudwara in Kabul, government sources said on Sunday.
The electronic visas were given “on priority” to these people by the Interior Ministry, they said.
The terrorist attack on the gurdwara came days after the ISKP warned in a video message of an attack on Hindus to avenge the remarks against Prophet Mohammad by two former BJP officials.
In the past, the ISKP has also claimed responsibility for attacks on places of worship of Hindus, Sikhs and Shia Muslims in Afghanistan.
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