Unknown gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked a Sikh-Hindu temple in the Afghan capital, Kabul, taking up to 200 worshipers hostage.
According to the Ministry of Interior, the attackers locked in a continuing battle with security forces who cordoned off the area and were trying to counter the attack.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack although both the Taliban and Daesh groups frequently carry out assaults in the country.
The attack comes a day after the US said it would cut its aid to the government by $1bn over frustrations that feuding political leaders could not reach an agreement and form a team to negotiate with the Taliban.
Sikhs are a small religious minority in Afghanistan. Around 1,000 Sikhs and Hindus are estimated to reside in the Muslim-dominated nation.
Earlier this month an affiliate of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group attacked a gathering of minority Shia Muslims in Kabul, killing 32 people.
Afghanistan is currently mired in a political stalemate, with former official Abdullah Abdullah claiming victory in a presidential election that President Ashraf Ghani has officially won.
The country is also struggling to tackle its outbreak of the new coronavirus.