At least 19 people have been killed in a suicide bomber in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad. Most of them belong to the minority Sikh community.
An official said that these people were riding in a car to meet President Ashraf Ghani. At the same time he was targeted for the attack.
President Gani has been on a two-day tour in Nangarhar province. A few hours ago, he visited Jalalabad.
Among those killed include local Sikh leader Avtar Singh Khalsa.
Avtar Singh Khalsa was the only Sikh candidate who was planning to contest the parliamentary elections to be held in October. Islamic State has taken the responsibility of this attack.
According to Saeed Anwar, BBC correspondent present in Kabul, Avtar Singh Khalsa is seen as a representation of Hindu and Sikh communities. Thousands of Sikhs live in different provinces of Afghanistan, which are linked to Karbars.
But in the last 20 years due to terror, people of Hindu and Sikh communities have gone away from many states. Some of these India and some have moved towards European countries.
Compared to the rest of the country, many Sikh and Hindu families live in Jalalabad.
In Afghanistan, a large part of the population belongs to Muslims, where Sikhs and Hindus are minorities.