KABUL: Gunmen stormed a Sikh-Hindu temple in central Kabul on Wednesday and were locked in an ongoing battle with security forces, an official said, in the latest assault on the Afghan capital.
The attack comes as Afghanistan is facing myriad crises including a raging insurgency, political deadlock, a massive cut in US aid, a flailing peace process and rising coronavirus cases.
“At around 7:45 am (0315 GMT), a number of attackers entered a Hindu-Sikh temple,” interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian told media.
“People are stuck inside the building and (security forces) are trying to rescue them.”
The Taliban denied any involvement in the attack. While no other group immediately claimed responsibility, Islamic State militants frequently orchestrate assaults on the country’s religious minorities.