The blast in Jalalabad marks one of the deadliest attacks on the Sikh community in Afghanistan during decades of war and violence.
India Condemns Attack on Afghan Sikh Community
The Indian embassy in Kabul on Sunday night strongly condemned a suicide bombing that targeted a group of Sikhs in the eastern province of Nangarhar earlier in the day.
“We strongly condemn the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack in Jalalabad today 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 said in a statement on Sunday.
We convey heart-felt condolences to the families of the victims and pray for early recovery of the injured, said the statement.
The Indian mission said that the attack in Jalalabad underlines the need for wider international efforts to eliminate terrorism.
“Today’s terrorist attack again underlines the need for united global fight against international terrorism without discrimination and accountability of those who support terrorists in any manner,” read the statement.
At least 19 people, ten of them from Afghanistan’s Sikh community, were killed and around 20 others wounded in a suicide bombing in Jalalabad city on Sunday, public health officials confirmed.
The group of Sikhs were on their way to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who was on a tour of the province when the explosion happened.
Ottar Singh Khalsa, the only Sikh candidate for upcoming presidential elections was among those killed in today’s suicide bombing in Jalalabad.
Provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed the casualties and said it had been a suicide bombing.
Khogyani did not provide more information about the blast
The explosion, in PD1, rocked the city at about 4pm local time.
Unconfirmed reports indicate the explosion happened close to the governor’s compound.
Security forces immediately cordoned off the area and ambulances were seen carrying the victims to hospital.
In footage taken by a TOLOnews journalist at the scene at least one car was gutted after catching fire.
This bombing coincided with President Ashraf Ghani's two-day trip to Nangarhar.
Ghani on Sunday attended the inauguration of a new hospital complex in Jalalabad and also met with local officials.
The president is only due to leave the province on Monday.