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Gurudwara Death Toll 27; Haqqani Group Behind the Attack

KABUL:The terrorists and suicide bombers who attacked a Sikh Gurudwara in Kabul on Wednesday (25 March), wanted to target the Indian Mission.

Afghan Security forces said the attack in Shorbazar area was carried out by the Haqqani network. During the attack, nearly 200 people were believed to be inside the Sikh Temple according to Sikh minority parliamentarian Narindra Singh Khalsa.

The Haqqani network (Quetta shura) had reportedly planned to attack the Indian mission in Kabul but could not penetrate the tight security but instead chose to target the Gurudwara when a prayer congregation was underway.

The Haqqani network works in tandem with the Taliban and allegedly has ties to the Pakistan army and its intelligence wing, the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI).

The Haqqani network also has ties to Al Qaeda and over the years managed to carry out successful asymmetric warfare against US-led NATO forces and the government of Afghanistan.

The death toll in the dastardly terror attack on a Gurudwara in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul has risen to 27.

The Afghan security forces have eliminated the four terrorists responsible for the attack.

The Haqqani networkis an Afghan guerrilla insurgent group using asymmetric warfare to fight against US-led NATO forces and the government of Afghanistan. Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Sirajuddin Haqqani have led the group] It is an offshoot of the Taliban and is thought to be based in the town of Miramshah in Pakistan.The Haqqani network pledged allegiance to the Taliban in 1995, and have been an increasingly incorporated wing of the group ever since. In the past, the Taliban and Haqqani leaders have denied the existence of the “network”, calling it no different from the Taliban.

In the 1980s, the Haqqani network was one of the most favored CIA-funded anti-Soviet guerrilla groups by the Reagan administration. In 2012, the United States designated the Haqqani network as a terrorist organization. In 2015, Pakistan also banned the Haqqani network as part of its National Action Plan.

The country’s main militant group, the Taliban, has denied involvement in the attack.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that the militant group had no link with the attack in Shor Bazar area of Kabul.Sikhs have been the target of attack by Islamist militants before in Afghanistan. Two years ago, the Islamic State group targeted a Sikh gathering in Afghanistan, killing 19 people.

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