Following the incident on the Sikh congregation holy place in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Saturday, which left two people dead, India has determined to issue e-visas to over 100 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan.

The emergency e-visas will make it easier to evacuate Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan, where they are in great danger due to terrorist threats, according to the Indian officials.

On Saturday morning, several explosions were reported at a Sikh temple in Kabul, preceded by a gun battle between the assailants and Taliban forces. The Taliban fighters, according to the sources, killed the attackers.

Moreover, the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), aka Daesh-Khorasan, claimed responsibility for the Kabul Karte Parwan Sikh temple attack.

The ISKP website on late Saturday published the picture of the assailant, named Abu Mohammad Al-Tajiki, in the Sikh temple in Kabul, claiming that the attack was organized following the Indian politicians insult of Prophet Mohammad, as revenge.

While there were roughly 700 Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan by 2020, many families departed the country last year due to turmoil and instability and the Taliban’s seizure of the country after US forces withdrawal on August 15.

However, according to the Indian officials, only around 150 of the religious minority, currently lives in Afghanistan, and are under “severe threat” of the terrorist groups.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).