Islamic Resistance Council claims responsibility for blast in Mangaluru targeting Manjunatha temple

Last Saturday, there was a blast in an autorickshaw in Mangaluru, Karnataka. According to the information, a person wanted to target the famous Manjunath temple with a bomb. In a letter, a group claimed responsibility for the blast. Police sources said today that the letter was sent by a group calling itself the ‘Islamic Resistance Council’. The police have not yet come to know anything about this.

An auto rickshaw driver and another person were injured in the blast, which is suspected to have carried out the Mangalore blast. He has been identified as Mohammad Shariq (24), a resident of Tirthahalli, Karnataka. He was absconding since September 2022. According to the investigation team, PFI (Popular Front of India) had planned terrorist attacks in South India in collaboration with ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). This information has come to light in the preliminary interrogation of Mohammad Shariq, the injured suspect caught in the Mangalore blast. According to police sources, Mohammad Shariq is greatly influenced by the ideology of extremism. He had to blast in a crowded place, but before that the bomb exploded. According to sources, the investigation of the case may soon be handed over to the NIA.

Now the police is trying to verify the veracity of this letter. The accused, Shariq (29), who was injured in the blast, has been arrested by the police and he is hospitalised. Presently he is not in a position to give a statement. The blast took place in the coastal city of Mangaluru, 370 km from the state capital Bengaluru, months before the assembly elections.