Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday stormed into a temple used by Sikh and Hindu minorities in Kabul and killed at least 27 worshippers.

Several other worshippers were also wounded in the attack, which has been considered as one of the deadliest attacks on the minority community in the country

Security forces were dispatched to the site of the temple, which lies on the main road in a densely populated part of the city, The Washington Post reported quoting Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Aryan.

It was further reported that the first floor of the giant temple, where some members of the Sikh community live, was also cleared.

It was also reported that eyewitnesses informed of hearing the sound of at least one blast, suggesting the possibility of suicide bombers.

This is the first of its kind attacks against a temple in Kabul.

“Over 150 worshipers and members of some of the families living in the temple were trapped,” The Washington Post reported quoting Anarkali Honaryar, a senator for the Sikhs

Honaryar further suspected that four assailants were involved in the attack.

Several ambulances were rushed to the site of the attack and the wounded were evacuated.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

India has condemned the terror attack and said such an attack at a time when the world is fighting COVID-19 pandemic reflects a “diabolical mindset” of the perpetrators and their supporters.

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