In an attack on Afghanistan’s minority Sikh community, which ISIL has claimed credit for, 25 people have been killed.
According to Afghanistan’s Interior Minister, Tariq Arian, the Afghanistan security forces have killed all attackers. Earlier this March, attackers affiliated with ISIL killed a further 32 minority Shia Muslims in Kabul.
Increasing religious tension in Afghanistan has forced thousands of native Sikhs to seek asylum in India and Pakistan. Prior to the civil war in the 1990s, there was an approximate 250,000 Sikhs and close to 70 gurudwaras across the country however over the decades the number of Sikhs have dwindled to only a few thousand and there are only a few gurudwaras left. In Kabul, there are only around 1,000 remaining there.
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