Sikhs demand investigation of Dharamshala attack

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Families of Sikh citizens who died on Wednesday in an attack on Dharamshala, a Sikh place of worship in Kabul, cremated the remains of the victims and urged the government to investigate the attacks.

Some Sikh citizens said they are “tired of living in Afghanistan”.

25 people were killed and more than eight others were wounded during an attack on a Sikh place of worship in the Shorbazar area of Kabul, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement. Seven of the killed were male, seven others were female, and one was a child. Children, who were studying in the Dharamshala, said that gunmen killed their teachers In front of them.

“Three people came here. They did not see us and we were not killed. I wish I was killed. We Were hiding in a room,” said Gorjit, a witness.

“They had military clothes and opened fire. We have been killed completely, my father is dead, my grandfather is dead, and my sister is also died,” said Hervina, another witness.

“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?” said Andar Singh, a family member of a slain victim. The attacks sparked reactions in Afghanistan and in the world.

Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, chairman of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), condemned the attacks via a statement.

“OIC strongly condemned suicide attacks on a Sikh Place of Warship in Kabul,” said Huseyin Avni Botsali, ambassador of the OIC in Kabul.

Based on the UN figures, more than 100 civilians have been killed between March 1 and March 20, 2020 in Afghanistan. (TOLOnews)