Kabul attack: what's our sin? ask Afghan gurdwara attack survivors; recall chilling brutality

Kabul attack: what's our sin? ask Afghan gurdwara attack survivors; recall chilling brutality

They killed everyone, nobody is left alive," Apar Singh succinctly sums up the horrific attack administered by a lone terrorist, believed to belong to Pakistan-based Haqqani group, on a prominent Sikh gurdwara in Kabul that killed a minimum of 25 worshippers.

In the attack, over twenty-four worshippers were killed and eight others injured when a heavily armed terrorist stormed a prominent gurdwara on Wednesday within the heart of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, in one among the deadliest attacks on the minority Sikh community within the strife-torn country.

Some of the Afghan Sikhs, who lost their entire relations within the attack, are wondering what "sin" they need committed to deserve such a fate, TOLOnews reported.

Many of the injured from Thursday's attack were rushed to nearby hospitals by security and by local authorities.

A number of families of the victims of the attack described the attack as a transparent crime "against humanity," the report said.

Recalling the brutality, one man, who lost seven members of his family within the attack, says a terrorist fired at a person , woman and a toddler and "showed no mercy to anyone."

One of the lads who lost his mother within the attack asked: "what was my mother's sin and why are the country's minorities being targeted like this?".

"Come and slaughter us if we harmed any Muslim," said one among the victim's relatives.

"What is our sin? Come and tell us about our sins. If we've done anything to Muslims?" asked other relatives of the victims.

Harwinder Singh, who lost all seven members of his family, said the attackers killed all his relations ahead of his eyes.

"They (attackers) killed my mother and my wife with my small child with bullets ahead of my eyes,"Singh said.

"They killed everyone, nobody is left alive," said Apar Singh, another victim.

A woman, who has been transferred to the hospital for treatment after she was wounded, said there was no news of her relations who had come for prayer.

"All of our youths were killed, what should we do with the youngsters that are left from the attack?" asked a wounded person.

The brutal attack on the minority Sikh community has sparked anger among Afghan residents.

"The attack showed that they (attackers) do not have any mercy on anyone and that they aren't obeying any law nor any religion," said Mohammad Mustafa, a resident of Kabul.

"They don't care about Muslims nor Hindus, it means humanity doesn't have any meaning for them," said Haroon Rasouly, another resident of Kabul.

The attack has faced severe condemnation from both inside and out of doors the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that he was "saddened" by the attack on the gurdwara when 150 worshippers were inside the building.

"I am saddened by today's terror attack at Gurudwara in Kabul. I express my condolences to the families of all the deceased," the prime minister said during a tweet.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also condemned the attack that lasted for about six hours, terming it cowardly and reflective of a "diabolical mindset".

"Such cowardly attacks on places of spiritual worship of the minority community, especially at this point of the COVID-19 pandemic, is reflective of the diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers," it said during a statement.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, saying: "The attack on the religious sites shows the acute weakness of the enemy, religious sites shouldn't be susceptible to attacks and violence."

Ghani's rival Abdullah Abdullah tweeted: "The atrocity against this peaceful community is unconscionable. Afghanistan may be a rich an colorful multicultural country. Evildoers will fail to destroy it. we'll spare no effort to bring the culprits to justice."

Former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai also strongly condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to the victims' families.

India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar on Thursday visited the gurdwara and offered condolences to families of the victims of the horrific attack.

Sikhs are target of attacks by Islamist militants before in Afghanistan.

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

Awtar Singh Khalsa, one among the country's best-known Sikh politicians then, was among those killed within the attack.