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Sikhs say 'tired' of living in Afghanistan, demand probe into IS attack

The Sikh families cremated the remains of the victims on Thursday and urged the government to investigate the attacks.

Published: 27th March 2020 02:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th March 2020 02:07 PM   |  A+A-

Afghan Sikh man mourns over a coffin during a funeral procession and cremation ceremony for those who were killed by IS terrorist attack inside a Gurudwara in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 26, 2020.

Afghan Sikh man mourns over a coffin during a funeral procession and cremation ceremony for those who were killed by IS terrorist attack inside a Gurudwara in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Photo | AP)

By PTI

KABUL: Families of Afghan Sikhs killed in a terror attack on a Gurudwara in Kabul said that they are “tired" of living in Afghanistan, urging the government to investigate the attacks on the minority community.

A heavily armed Islamic State suicide bomber stormed a prominent Gurdwara on Wednesday in the heart of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, killing 25 Sikhs and injuring eight others.

On Thursday, another blast took place near a Sikh crematorium here, injuring a child and disrupting funeral services for the 25 members of the minority community killed in the Gurudwara attack.

The Sikh families cremated the remains of the victims on Thursday and urged the government to investigate the attacks.

Some Sikh citizens said they are “tired of living in Afghanistan”, the TOLO News reported.

“We want investigations, our 25 people have been killed,” said Dip Singh, a relative of one victim who was killed.

“In which book do you come to attack a mosque and attack a Dharamshala. In what religion does that happen?” Andar Singh, a family member of a slain victim, was quoted as saying.

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Wednesday's attack was one of the deadliest targeting the Sikh community in the strife-torn country.

Eighty people, including women and children, were rescued from the Gurdwara.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, saying the attack on the religious sites shows the extreme weakness of the enemy, religious sites should not be vulnerable to attacks and violence.

Sikhs have been target of attacks by Islamist militants before in Afghanistan.

In July 2018, ISIS terrorists bombed a gathering of Sikhs and Hindus in the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing 19 people and injuring 20.



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