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Afghan forces kill gunmen who attacked Sikh complex; some casualties

Reuters Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers raided a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, trapping up to 200 people and inflicting casualties before the security forces killed the attackers, the government said.
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The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for an attack on a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, which killed at least 25 people. Emer McCarthy reports

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