Dozens killed in Kabul Sikh temple attack by ISIS

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At least 25 people have been killed in a militant attack claimed by ISIL on a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital Kabul.

The interior ministry said a gunman had burst into the complex early in the morning, firing on worshippers.

He was also killed in an exchange of fire lasting six hours with security forces. Earlier reports said a group of assailants had carried out the attack.

The attack on Wednesday was claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) armed group. Earlier, the Taliban armed group denied it was behind the siege that left at least eight others wounded. 

Witness Raju Singh Sonny told AFP that a man dressed in a police uniform burst into the temple in central Kabul, shot a guard and started attacking worshippers in the main hall.

“Several other attackers also entered the building and they were going from room to room shooting people,” Sonny said.

About 150 people were trapped in the complex in the Shorbazar area. 

Narindra Singh Khalsa, a parliamentarian from the minority Sikh community, told AP news agency he had been near the Gurdwara – the Sikh place of worship – when the attack happened and ran to the site.

Those killed included a child whose body was brought to a Kabul hospital, emergency services and the hospital said.

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