At least 25 people were killed in an attack on a Sikh temple in the center of the Afghan capital Kabul. The lone perpetrator was killed by security forces, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.
There had previously been reports that the perpetrator had brought at least 150 people under his control. At first it was assumed that there could be several perpetrators. Women and children are said to have been among the hostages.
The militant Islamist Taliban denied responsibility for the attack, Taliban spokesman Sabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.
In 2018, at least 19 people were killed in a suicide attack by the terrorist militia “Islamic State” in the eastern province of Nangarhar, most of them members of the Sikh community. Many followers of Sikhism then left the country. Today, according to Sikh politicians, only about 1,000 Sikhs still live in Afghanistan.