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Kabul ‘suicide bombing’: Four killed after blast in Sikh temple with 200 trapped

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Four people have been killed in a suspected suicide bombing in Kabul after a blast in a Sikh temple.

Unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital today.

Afghan security forces blocked off the area and were taking on the attackers, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said.

It is not currently clear how many attackers there were or who they were.

But Narender Singh Khalsa, a member of parliament who represents the tiny Sikh community, said he had reports that four people had been killed and up to 200 people trapped inside the temple in the early morning attack.

“Three suicide bombers entered a dharamsala,” he said, referring to a sanctuary area in a temple compound.

“The gunmen started their attack at a time when the dharamsala was full of worshippers.”

He said the Afghan security forces were clashing with the attackers.

The Interior Ministry spokesman said Afghan security forces had cleared one floor of the complex and were moving slowly to try and avoid civilian casualties.

The attack comes a day after the United States said it would cut its aid to the government by $1 billion over frustrations that feuding political leaders could not reach an agreement and form a team to negotiate with the Taliban.

Sikhs are a small religious minority in Afghanistan with numbers fewer than 300 families.

In 2018, a suicide bombing targeting the Sikh community and claimed by the Islamic State militant group killed more than a dozen people in Jalalabad, east Afghanistan.

The United States last month struck a deal with the Taliban on the withdrawal of US-led international troops but the agreement does not include Islamic State militants.

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