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    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing a member of Pakistan’s minority Sikh community earlier in the week in the northwestern city of Peshawar. An IS statement issued late Friday described Satnam Singh, 45, as “polytheist” and said he was shot dead by IS members. Pakistani officials have denied any...
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen shot and killed a member of Pakistan’s minority Sikh community in an attack Thursday in the deeply conservative northwestern city of Peshawar, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. The gunmen fled the scene, according...
    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Sikh businessman Balbir Singh Sodhi was helping plant a flower bed at his Arizona gas station when he was shot dead by a man seeking to avenge 9/11. Mistaken for an Arab Muslim because of his turban and beard, Sodhi was the first person to die in a wave of bias...
    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Sikh entrepreneur Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed at his Arizona gas station four days after the Sept. 11 attacks by a man who declared he was “going to go out and shoot some towel-heads” and mistook him for an Arab Muslim. Young Sikh Americans still struggle a generation later with the...
    Afghan Sikhs and Hindus attempting to flee Kabul following the Taliban’s recent takeover of the city are turning down offers to evacuate to India in favor of waiting for unguaranteed opportunities to fly to the U.S. and Canada, the Times of India reported Wednesday. “About 70 to 80 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus in Gurdwara Karte...
    Law enforcement officials on Wednesday said they had found “no indication of racial bias" in the Indianapolis FedEx shooting that left eight dead, the Indianapolis Star reports. Authorities said during a press conference they had determined that the shooting in April carried out by 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole was “an act of suicidal murder." According to police, Hole...
    Advocates for Sikh and Hindu minorities in Afghanistan warn of 'impending genocide.' As American troops leave Afghanistan after 20 years, experts say the country's small religious minority of Sikhs and Hindus face immediate danger. Advocates say the United States must help resettle them. "We are...
    A vigil in Indianapolis, Indiana, to remember the victims of a shooting at a FedEx Ground facility. JEFF DEAN/AFP via Getty Images Brandon Hole was identified as the gunman in last week's shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility. Police said Monday that they detained Hole a year ago, after he threatened to kill...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Amarjit Sekhon, a 48-year-old mother of two sons, was the breadwinner of her family and one of many members of Indianapolis' tight knit Sikh community employed at a FedEx warehouse on the city's southwest side. Her death Thursday night in a mass shooting that claimed the lives of seven other FedEx employees -...
    (CNN)On Thursday night, a gunman killed eight people and injured several others before killing himself at a FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Four of the eight dead identified as Sikh and the facility was known to employ a significant number of members of the Sikh community. Simran Jeet SinghThe shooting came just days after...
    By CASEY SMITH and RICK CALLAHAN INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Amarjit Sekhon, a 48-year-old mother of two sons, was the breadwinner of her family and one of many members of Indianapolis’ tight knit Sikh community employed at a FedEx warehouse on the city’s southwest side. Her death Thursday night in a mass shooting that claimed the...
    The Conversation Sikhs in America: A religious community long misunderstood is mourning deaths in Indianapolis mass shooting Members of the Sikh community in Indianapolis gather after a mass shooting in which eight people, including four Sikhs, died, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jon Cherry/Getty ImagesOn April 16, 2021, a gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility in...
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis' tight knit Sikh community mourned Saturday as members learned that four Sikhs were among the eight people killed in the mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse.The Marion County Coroner's office identified the dead late Friday as Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68;...
    Members of the Sikh community in Indianapolis gather after a mass shooting in which eight people, including four Sikhs, died, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jon Cherry/Getty Images On April 16, 2021, a gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis killing eight people and injuring several others before taking his own life. Four members...
    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. AP Photo/Julio Cortez New Jersey’s first Sikh attorney general, Gurbir Singh Grewal, was a target of disparaging remarks in 2018. Two radio hosts commented on Grewal’s Sikh identity and repeatedly referred to him as “turban man.” When called out on the offensiveness of their comments, one of them stated,...
    LIBERTY, Missouri (AP) — Sikhs across the United States are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations this week, joining people of other faiths in observing major holidays cautiously this spring as COVID-19 keeps an uneven hold on the country. Vaisakhi, which falls April 13 or 14 depending on which of two dueling calendars one follows, marks the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Tuesday is Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year festival. It’s marked around the world, including here at home. READ MORE: NYC Officials Point To Broken Parole System As Violent Crime Rises; Parolee Says Education, Mental Health Services Are Needed CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon has more on how the community here is celebrating. On...
    LONDON (AP) — Sikh leader Balwinder Singh Basra rolled up his sleeve to get a COVID-19 vaccine Sunday at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Luton, north of London. And he wanted everyone to know about it. Unlike most of the 756,873 people who received injections Sunday in the U.K., Basra, the gurdwara’s president, invited reporters...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In normal times, the crowds of young Southeast Asian workers jostling for a place in line outside the Sikh temple in Dubai would mean one thing: free meals. A core tenet of the world’s fifth-largest religion with over 50,000 adherents in the United Arab Emirates is “langar,” the practice...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Demonstrators showing solidarity with protesting farmers in India rallied Tuesday outside the Indian consulate in New York, some honking their car horns while others stood in the snowy weather, yelling slogans and waving flags. The crowd gathered on Manhattan’s east side on India’s Republic Day, a national holiday that honors the...
    Two girls who fell through the ice of a pond were rescued by Sikhs who unraveled their turbans to pull them to safety. The teenagers were walking on the stormwater pond in Calgary on Friday morning when they fell into the freezing water. Passersby quickly rushed to help, including neighbor Kulbinder Bangar, whose daughter called...
    KABUL – Afghanistan’s dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus is shrinking to its lowest levels. With growing threats from the local Islamic State affiliate, many are choosing to leave the country of their birth to escape the insecurity and a once-thriving community of as many as 250,000 members now counts fewer than 700. The...
    In Denver, a man accused of running over a Sikh owner of a local liquor store is facing hate crime charges, in addition to other charges filed after he allegedly assaulted the man a few months ago. Lakhwant Singh owns a liquor store and was assaulted by Eric Breemen in an attack that put him in...
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A 200-year-old Sikh temple that served as a school for Muslim girls for seven decades was returned to the Sikh community in Quetta, enabling them to worship there for the first time in 73 years, officials said Thursday. The temple stood empty for a year or two when most Sikhs left...
    A man accused of running over the Sikh owner of a suburban Denver liquor store after reportedly telling him and his wife to “go back to your country” is now facing a hate crime charge in addition to 16 other charges, including attempted murder. Prosecutors said the hate crime charge was filed against Eric Breemen...
    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 19 pilgrims of Pakistan's minority Sikh community were killed when a train collided with a passenger van in eastern Pakistan on Friday, officials said. According to police, the dead, which include two children, were all residents of the western Pakistani city of Peshawar, home to most...
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