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Blast in Jalalabad city leaves 6 injured

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Kabul: According to local media, an explosion occurred in the city of Jalalabad located in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan.

According to the report, the incident happened in the fourth district of this city near Sikh temple.

According to the Sputnik news agency, the head of the Taliban’s Intelligence and Culture Department in Nangarhar confirmed the explosion and said that 6 civilians were injured in the bomb explosion in Jalalabad city.

Early on June 18, heavily-armed militants targeted a gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship, in the Afghan capital Kabul. Several blasts tore through the Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighborhood before militants opened fire and hurled grenades at the site. At least two people were killed and another seven injured in the attack.

The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), an Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for the attack on the gurdwara.

According to statistics, there were around 220,000 Sikhs and Hindus living in Afghanistan in the 1980s. That figure dropped to 15,000 in the early 1990s and to 1,350 in 2016. The multiple attacks on Sikhs between 2018 and 2021, especially the assault on the Rai Sahib gurdwara, forced thousands to flee Afghanistan.

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