Condemning the terror attack on a gurudwara in Kabul claiming 25 lives, including a 71-year Delhi resident, Tian Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said here on Thursday the Indian embassy there is in touch with family members of the victims. He also said efforts were on to bring back the mortal remains of the Delhi resident.
The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack which came weeks after a historic deal between the US and the Taliban to bring lasting peace to Afghanistan.
Reacting to the killings, Jaishankar said in tweet “Understandable grief and anger at the cowardly terrorist attack on Gurudwara in #Kabul. Our Embassy @IndianEmbKabul is in continuous touch with the families of those killed and injured.”
“Medical opinion against moving injured at this stage. Embassy @IndianEmbKabul is working on the return of mortal remains of Shri Tian Singh. Will keep you updated,” he said.
Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar visited the gurudwara and met community leaders, elders and families of the victims of the terrorist attack.
He shared their grief andoffered condolences. He was told that the injured are receiving satisfactory treatment, officials said.
India on Wednesday had strongly condemned the terror attack, saying targeting of a religious place in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic reflected the “diabolical mindset” of the perpetrators and their backers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said he was saddened by the killings and expressed condolences to the families of the bereaved. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also condemned the attack.
“Such cowardly attacks on the places of religious worship of the minority community, especially at this time of COVID-19 pandemic, is reflective of the diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said on Wednesday.