There are fears for the safety of dozens of worshipers in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after a Sikh temple was hit by an explosion.

The blast occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning and it is not known if there are any casualties.

A local official at the scene, Gornam Singh, told the Reuters news agency that there were up to "30 people inside the temple" at the time of the explosion, writes

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"We do not know how many of them are alive or how many are dead," he said.

"The Taliban are not letting us in, we do not know what to do," Singh added.

Local broadcaster Tolo broadcast footage showing heavy plumes of smoke rising from the area.

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The building is the last Sikh memorial temple in the capital, and community leaders recently estimated that only 140 Sikhs remain in predominantly Muslim Afghanistan, up from 100,000 in the 1970s.

The attack is the latest to hit the city since the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan last year.

In December, more than 20 people were killed and 16 others injured in a gun and bomb attack on a military hospital in the city.

And in April, six people were injured after a grenade was thrown at a mosque.

The Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) claimed responsibility for that attack.

/ Telegraphy /

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