India on Sunday expressed deep concern over the explosion in a Gurdwara stating that the government was in touch with the local authorities on the ground situation.
“Distressed to hear of an explosion in a Gurudwara in Essen in Germany. Our Mission is following up w/ local authorities on ground situation,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
Distressed to hear of an explosion in a Gurudwara in Essen in Germany. Our Mission is following up w/ local authorities on ground situation
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) April 17, 2016
According to ANI, a 60-year-old man was critically injured in the explosion which blew out several windows of the gurdwara, in the northwestern city of Essen.
A 47-year-old man and a 56-year-old man also sustained minor injuries.
The local police claim that a masked person was seen fleeing the area shortly after the explosion, however, they added that there was no evidence so far that the attack had any links to terrorism.
Three people were detained, but were released later as the investigation continued, police said.
Photos were shared on social media showing the damaged temple and broken glass amid the decorations as a wedding was hosted at the gurdwara earlier.