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Taliban vandalises gurudwara in Kabul, takes devotees hostage

Earlier, the Sikh holy flag Nishan Sahib was removed by the Taliban from the roof of a gurudwara in the eastern Paktia province of Afghanistan

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A group of unidentified heavily armed terrorists on 5 entered Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul and vandalised the holy shrine. They took several people hostage.

“I have received alarming reports from Kabul. A group of unidentified heavily armed has entered Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul,” said Puneet Singh Chandhok, President, Indian World Forum.

“They have taken the community present in the gurudwara into custody. It is being alleged by the locals on the ground that the officials have broken off the CCTV cameras of the gurudwara and vandalising the gurudwara currently,” Chandhok said.

Meanwhile, the local gurudwara management rushed to the spot. The number of officials and people present in the area is yet to be confirmed.

Karte Parwan Gurdwara is located in northwestern Kabul, Afghanistan.

Earlier, the had removed the Sikh holy Nishan Sahib from the roof of a gurudwara in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province.

The gurudwara, located in the Chamkani area of Paktia, was once visited by Nanak.

After the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the minorities in Afghanistan are being subjected to targeted killings, violence, and discrimination based on their religious and ethnic identity.

A member of the Afghan Sikh minority, Sardar Govind Singh, said in a video posted on social media that the armed men damaged most of the CCTV cameras at the gurudwara and broke open several locked doors.

Several posts on social media said the armed men who entered the gurudwara were believed to be terrorists of the Taliban.

There was no official word from the Indian side on the incident.

Soon after the marched into Kabul on 15 August, hundreds of members of the Sikh and minorities had taken refuge in Gurdwara Karte Parwan. commanders visited the gurudwara soon after the takeover of the country and assured Sikh leaders about the safety of members of the community.

Nearly 240 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus were, however, barred from entering Kabul airport to board the last military evacuation flight from the Afghan capital.

The Indian government has said it will take all steps to facilitate the evacuation of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus who want to leave Afghanistan.

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