The Afghan partner of the Islamic State is committed to the murder of a Sikh citizen in Pakistan

The Afghan branch of the terrorist organization Islamic State claimed responsibility for the murder of a Sikh citizen in northwestern Pakistan on Friday. This would be the first attack in the neighboring country since the Taliban came to power on Jan.

The deceased was identified as Sardar Satnam Singh, a traditional medicine specialist who was shot four times while working at his clinic in the city of Peshawar. Singh was part of the local small Sikh community, now a destination of the Islamic State – Khorasan.

The Afghan partner of the Islamic State is committed to the murder of a Sikh citizen in Pakistan
The Afghan partner of the Islamic State is committed to the murder of a Sikh citizen in Pakistan

The organization assumed responsibility for the attack through a statement on its Amaq news agency, which in turn was collected by the Daily Urdu information portal.

Around 15,000 Sikhs live in Peshawar, the majority in the Jogan Shah district. The majority of the Sikh minority in Peshawar operate in small businesses and some run pharmacies.

Several members of the minority have been attacked by terrorist groups in recent years. Cases include the killings of Tehrik-e Insaaf MP Soren Singh in 2016; that of the community leader Charanjit Singh, who was shot dead in 2018, or that of the television presenter Ravinder Singh last year.

It is also worth remembering that the organization has carried out several attacks on Pakistani border patrols in the past few days, particularly those around the Afghan province of Nangarhar, the major stronghold of the terrorist group in Afghanistan.

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