Kabul Gurdwara Attack: UN chief Antonio Guterres, US condemn Islamic State strike
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the people of Afghanistan deserve a future free from the ISIS and other terrorist activity.
UN chief Antonio Guterres has condemned the attack on a prominent gurdwara in the heart of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul that killed at least 25 people, saying that attacks against civilians are unacceptable and those who carry out such crimes must be held accountable. The US, on the other hand, has said Afghans deserve a future free from the ISIS and other terrorist activity.
The attack took place on Wednesday when a heavily armed suicide bomber stormed his way into the gurdwara and carried out the carnage, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the minority Sikh community in the strife-torn country.
The Islamic State (IS) terror group, which has targeted Sikhs before in Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.
“The Secretary-General condemns the attack...in Kabul on a Sikh-Hindu temple in which dozens of civilians were killed and injured. He expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” Secretary General Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The United Nations stands in solidarity with the people and the Government of Afghanistan and will continue supporting efforts to bring peace to their country,” the statement said.
The US has also condemned the attack, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that the people of the strife-torn country deserve a future free from the ISIS and other terrorist activity.
"Despite the country's political challenges, the ongoing Afghan peace process remains the primary opportunity for Afghans to come together to negotiate a political settlement and build a unified front against the menace of ISIS-K," Pompeo said. Acting Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice G Wells, tweeted:
Our condolences to the families and victims in today’s attack against the Sikh temple. We strongly condemn these fanatics & criminals who target a house of worship to harm innocents. Peace will only come when people resolve their differences through words, not guns.— U.S. Embassy Kabul (@USEmbassyKabul) March 25, 2020
Meanwhile, in an open letter to US President Donald Trump, Indian-American attorney Ravi Batra called for elimination of the ISIS by use of "nano nukes".
"The punishment I fear has to be unique. The whole world is in a 'no war' mode, because we are in a 'COVID-19 war' mode to save humanity. Sharing our scientific and medical knowledge, as if it was open source. Our time is too precious to deviate. Millions of lives hang in the balance," he said.
Batra and his family have been tested positive for coronavirus and are in quarantine.
"The unique punishment is to identify all ISIS centres, mark them for immediate destruction, and if there be a main one, for that mother load of evil, we go back to WWII decision-making, and for even better reasons now, roll out our 'nano nuke' and eviscerate this evil," he proposed.