India condemns attack on Afghan Sikhs, calls it heinous & cowardly

RSTV Bureau
Security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 3 , 2017. Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said Wednesday the target of the bomber was a convoy of foreign forces.

File Photo: Afghanistan

India has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a convoy of Sikhs in Afghanistan that left 20 people dead in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday. Reacting to the dastartdly attack, it said the incident underlined the need for united global fight against international terrorism.

Prime Minister Modi also termed the terror strike as an attack on the nation’s multicultural fabric and assured that India stands ready to assist the Afghanistan government “in this sad hour”.

“We strongly condemn the terror attacks in Afghanistan yesterday. They are an attack on Afghanistan’s multicultural fabric,” he wrote on Twitter.

A suicide bomber targeted the convoy on their way to meet Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, who was visiting the region, the local police said.

“We strongly condemn the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack in #Jalalabad on Monday evening which resulted in the death of 20 innocent Afghans, including 10 members of the Afghan Sikh Community, and injured more than 20 persons,” the Indian Embassy in Kabul tweeted.

“We convey heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and pray for early recovery of the injured…The attack again underlines the need for united global fight against international terrorism without discrimination and accountability of those who support terrorists in any manner,” it said.

Some reports said 19 people were killed in the attack and 17 of them were from the minority Sikh and Hindu community.

Avtar Singh Khalsa, a longtime leader of the Sikh community who had planned to run in the parliamentary elections set for October, was killed in the attack.

(With inputs from PTI)