Footage provided by Afghan television station TOLO News shows security forces and coalition troops standing guard near a Sikh temple in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, Wednesday, March 25, where gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a religious gathering.
READ MORE: Officials in Afghanistan say at least 25 worshippers are dead and at least eight others are injured.
TOLO News said at least 11 members of the minority community were also injured.
Islamic State claimed credit for plotting the deadly raid in a central part of the Afghan capital, according to the Site Intelligence Group, which provides alerts and translations of jihadist media outlets.
Shortly after the early morning attack began, Afghan security forces surrounded the temple and killed all four assailants in a standoff that lasted more than five hours, said Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. He did not immediately offer details about the number of casualties.
He noted dozens of people trapped inside the temple during the siege were also rescued. About 150 people were inside the temple and adjacent community center, Anar Kali Hunaryar, a minority parliamentarian, told VOA. (VOA/AFP)