An Afghan security personnel (L) stands along with Sikhs near the site of an attack to a Sikh temple in Kabul on March 25, 2020. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

India strongly condemned the terror attack on a gurdwara in Afghanistan’s Kabul on Wednesday (25) which killed 11 people.

Targeting of a religious place in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak reflects the “diabolical mindset” of the perpetrators and their backers, the external affairs ministry said.

Heavily armed gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a Sikh gurdwara in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 11 worshippers and wounding as many, in one of the deadliest attacks on the minority community in the country.

The gunmen attacked the gurdwara in Shor Bazar area at about 07:45 (local time) as 150 worshippers were inside the building.

“At least 11 people have been killed and 11 others wounded in attack at Dharamshala, a Sikh worship area in PD1 of Kabul,” reports sais.

“Three attackers are still fighting with security forces and one has been shot. Foreign troops have also responded to the attack on Dharamshala, a Sikh temple in PD1.”

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

India conveyed its sincerest condolences to the immediate family members of the deceased and wished speedy recovery to the injured.

“India stands ready to extend all possible assistance to the affected families of the Hindu and Sikh community of Afghanistan,” ministry said.

“Such cowardly attacks on the places of religious worship of the minority community, especially at this time of COVID-19 pandemic, are reflective of the diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their backers.”

Police in Kabul said that at least 11 children were rescued from the gurdwara.

Sikh lawmaker Nardendar Singh Khalisa told reporters close to the scene that up to 150 people were praying inside the gurdwara when it came under attack.

Earlier, the country’s main militant group, the Taliban, denied involvement in the attack.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that the militant group had no link with the attack in Shor Bazar area of Kabul.