Worshippers were held hostage for several hours before the Afghan forces arrived and killed the militants
A lone gunman open fired in the Gurdwara in the capital city of Afghanistan on March 25, killing 25 and wounding eight, Interior Ministry of Afghanistan announced. As soon as news broke about the attack, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahed tweeted that the Taliban were not involved. Within a few hours, the Islamic States took responsibility for the attack. IS had claimed responsibility on the group’s media platform Aamaq, SITE Intelligence Group, responsible for tracking militant or jihadist groups and postings, said.
The militants held worshippers hostage for several hours inside the religious grounds, as the Afghan forces, with the help of international troops, cleared the area. Out of 25 people killed, 8 were women and one was a child. Hours after the siege ended, the special forces rescued around 80 people trapped inside the Gurdwara. According to survivors accounts, the militants used grenades and automatic rifles to terrorise the worshippers. India strongly condemned the terrorist attack and pledged to help the Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan.