Kabul temple attack leaves 25 dead, questions about attacker Mar 26, 2020 0 383 12345 DPAKabulTwenty-five people were killed in a terrorist attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul before authorities could kill the attacker and free 80 hostages, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, via a statement on the group’s mouthpiece Amaq News agency.However, authorities were not sure if they believed the claim.Raju Sign Sonney told dpa he saw an attacker enter the Sikh temple wearing an Afghan military uniform before he began shooting and throwing grenades into the crowd.Sonney escaped, but said four members of his family were among those killed, including his mother, father, sister-in-law, and nephew.At the time of the attack, at least 25 children were attending their morning religious class in the temple, Sonney said. It took almost six hours for security forces to control the situation.Eighty people were rescued from the temple, according to the ministry statement, with eight people initially confirmed to have been wounded.Speaking to dpa on Wednesday, a security source estimated a far higher number of wounded, without specifying a number.The ministry statement said only one attacker was involved, contradicting earlier ministry information suggesting up to four suicide bombers carried out the attack.Speaking to dpa, security sources indicated they believed the Haqqani network, the Taliban’s military arm, might have been behind the attack.Meanwhile, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid took to Twitter to deny the group’s involvement.Governments across the world, including Pakistan, Britain, the US, and India, condemned the attack.A number of high-profile Afghan politicians have also spoken out against the incident, insisting that the killing of innocent civilians must be stopped. Sikhs in Afghanistan are a religious minority and have been targeted in attacks in the past.In 2018, an Islamic State suicide bombing in eastern Nangarhar province killed at least 19 people, the majority of whom were members of the Sikh community. After that attack, many of the community’s members decided to leave Afghanistan. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Hubei residents rush to leave virus epicentre as China lifts lockdown Mar 26, 2020 0 1941 India’s supply lines buckle as sweeping coronavirus lockdown starts Mar 26, 2020 0 402 Tokyo residents urged to stay home as virus cases climb Mar 26, 2020 0 73 Coronavirus cases in Pakistan reach 1,000 Islamabad The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has reached 1,000, the country’s health ministry said on Wednesday. Around 100 new cases were identified in the last 12 hours, a spokesperson for the health ministry .. Australia condemns China’s ‘indictment’ of academic Sydney Australia on Wednesday hit out at China’s apparent decision to indict a prominent author on spying charges, insisting he is at risk from COVID-19 and must be freed. “The government strongly objects to the formal .. Thailand bars entry as state of emergency bites AFP Bangkok Thailand barred entry into the kingdom late on Wednesday, enacting sweeping emergency powers in a bid to stem the local spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The measures, which stopped short of a full lockdown .. Infected Philippine senator under fire for bringing wife to hospital DPA Manila A second Philippine senator on Wednesday confirmed he had tested positive for the coronavirus, but had brought his pregnant wife to hospital before he found out, triggering public outrage for possibly ..