New Delhi: Members of minority communities taking refuge in Kabul’s Karta Parwan gurdwara are “safe”, DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa claimed after two suicide bombings took place outside the airport there on Thursday.
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief had said on Monday that many Hindus and Sikhs had taken refuge in the Karta Parwan Gurdwara after Afghanistan fell into the hands of the Taliban.
Sirsa tweeted, “All minorities taking refuge in Gurdwara Karte Parwan are safe #Kabulairport #KabulBlast.”
According to reports, two suicide bombers and gunmen targeted a crowd near Kabul airport on Thursday, killing at least 13 people.
Sirsa, who had a telephonic conversation with the chairman of the Kabul Gurdwara committee on Thursday, said he has been apprised of the situation.
“I had a phone conversation with S Gurnam Singh, President of Kabul Gurdwara Committee, who told me that today’s #Kabul airport blast happened at the exact same spot where they stood yesterday. We thank God that it didn’t happen yesterday ,” he said in another tweet.
The Taliban have this month captured almost all major towns and cities, including Kabul, in the backdrop of the withdrawal of US forces.
Meanwhile, India on Thursday strongly condemned the bombings and said the attacks reinforced the need for the world to unite against terrorism and those harboring terrorists.
“Today’s attacks reinforce the need to stand united against terrorism and all those who provide safe havens to terrorists,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement late last night.
It expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks.
“India strongly condemns the bombings in Kabul today. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of this terrorist attack,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the injured,” it said.
The blasts came amid a scramble by various countries to evacuate their civilians and Afghan partners from Kabul ahead of the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of US troops.
Thousands of Afghans have been crowding around Kabul airport for more than a week, in desperate attempts to flee the country for fear of Taliban brutality.