The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has claimed responsibility for the killing of a member of Pakistan’s Sikh community. The killing took place earlier in the week in the northwestern city of Peshawar, the AP reports.
In a statement, IS said Satnam Singh, 45, was a “polytheist” (belief in many gods), adding that he had been shot dead by IS members.
Pakistani officials have repeatedly denied the Islamic State’s organized presence in the country, but in recent years the extremist group has carried out a number of attacks on security forces, mosques, political gatherings and religious minorities in recent years.
Police said Singh was shot in Peshawar, which borders Afghanistan.
The gunmen fled the scene.
Singh had lived in this town for the past 20 years and ran a small clinic selling herbal medicines.
Attacks on the Sikh minority have been ongoing in Pakistan.
Most of the Sikh community had emigrated from the territory now belonging to Pakistan to neighboring India in 1947 when British rule ended.
However several thousand stayed in Pakistan.
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