Islamic outfit owns up Mangaluru auto blast, says temple was target | India News

MANGALURU: A little-known radical Islamic organization claimed responsibility for the attack Mangaluru trailer explosion and said the target of the failed operation was a temple in the coastal city, even as the Karnataka government officially handed over the investigation of the explosion to National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday.
Mangaluru police said they will investigate the authenticity of the note sent by Council of Islamic Resistance (IRC). ADGP (law and order) Alok Kumar said the investigation will also cover the activities and precursors of the alleged organization.
Meanwhile, Araga state interior minister Jnanendra released a statement saying the government had written to the Union interior ministry proposing an investigation by the NIA. Praveen Sood of the State DGP&IG said the NIA and other central agencies have been working with state police on the case from day one.
In Mangaluru, police declined to confirm or comment on whether the defendant wanted to target places of worship in the city.
On November 19, an explosion occurred in a trailer, leaving the passenger identified as 24-year-old Mohammed Shariq, the main suspect in the case, and the driver burned. They are being treated at a hospital in Mangaluru.
The IRC note claims Shariq tried to attack “a temple in Kadri”, and it (the operation) “still succeeded”. It says they are forced on “the path of protest by oppressive laws and laws (seeking to) oppress us and interfere with our religion”.


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