Kabul / New Delhi:
Two explosions this morning shook the Afghan capital Kabul to its foundations. The blast happened near a Gurudwara. Multiple shots were also heard in the area, sources have confirmed. There are at least 16 devotees in the Gurudwara, she added, but the number of victims, if any, is not yet known, she added.
The explosions hit a busy road near the Gurudwara in the Karte Parwan area of Kabul this morning. The area is densely populated and local news reports fear the death of several people.
“The sound of explosions was heard in the Karte Parwan area of the city of Kabul. Details about the nature and victims of this incident are not yet known,” Afghanistan’s Tolo News tweeted today.
“We are very concerned about reports coming from Kabul of an attack on a holy Gurudwara in the city. We are closely monitoring the situation and await further details on developments,” the foreign ministry said.
On June 11, several people were injured after an explosion in Kabul.
“The blast took place in Batkhak Square in Kabul’s 10th district,” Tolo News said in a Tweet.
“Earlier, on Monday, an explosion occurred in Kabul Police District 4 with explosives carried on a bicycle,” Kabul’s security department said.
“Security forces have arrived in the area to investigate the matter,” local media outlet Tolo News reported.
Prior to this, three explosions on May 25 shook the capital of Afghan province of Balkh, killing at least 9 people and injuring 15 others. On the same day, an explosion at the Masjid Sharif Hazrat Zakaria Mosque in Kabul city killed at least two, officials said.
In response to the attacks in Balkh and Kabul, US Special Envoy for Women and Human Rights in Afghanistan Rina Amiri said the Taliban must ensure people’s safety and prevent atrocities.
“The horrific attacks in Mazar and Kabul have no other purpose than to inflict more devastation on innocent Afghans who have already suffered enough,” Rina Amiri tweeted.
In addition, an explosion at a traffic circle in Kabul’s fourth precinct had previously killed at least 30 people and injured others in Hazrat Zekriya Mosque.
The Taliban faced a serious security threat from the Khorasan branch of ISIS, which has been active in Afghanistan since 2014.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had condemned the recent attacks in Afghanistan that killed numerous civilians, including members of the Hazara Shia community and several children.
(Inputs from ANI)