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Mangaluru Blast: Obscure Islamic Group Claims Responsibility, Threatens New Attacks

© AFP 2022 / MANJUNATH KIRANPolice personnel stand in front of the Karnataka High Court in Bangalore on March 15, 2022, after the court upheld a local ban on the hijab in classrooms, weeks after the edict stoked violent protests and renewed fears of discrimination against the country's Muslim minority.
Police personnel stand in front of the Karnataka High Court in Bangalore on March 15, 2022, after the court upheld a local ban on the hijab in classrooms, weeks after the edict stoked violent protests and renewed fears of discrimination against the country's Muslim minority. - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.11.2022
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A low-intensity bomb packed in a pressure cooker exploded in Karnataka state's Mangaluru city in India last week. The main suspect, Mohammad Shariq, 24, was arrested.
Obscure group the Islamic Resistance Council (IRC) claimed responsibility on Thursday for the blast that struck Managaluru's Kankanadi area in India's Karnataka state last weekend. The group also threatening to carry out another attack in the near future.

Calling the main suspect - Mohammad Shariq - their “brother,” the IRC claimed online that their actual target was the famous Kadri Manjunath Temple that is dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva.

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“Our brother’s attempt to attack Kadri Hindu temple has failed. This attack was not successful. The state and central agencies are trying to arrest our brothers. They are chasing them. However, we have been successful in getting out of the clutches of agencies. In future, another attack will be made,” the IRC statement read.

“Mangaluru has become fortress of saffron terrorists. Though our attempts this time have failed, we will get ready to carry out another attack by giving slip to state and central investigating agencies,” the statement continued.

A local Police commander told Indian news agencies that the statement from the Islamic terror group was released to derail investigations, adding: “We will initiate a special probe into this and dig out the invisible hands involved.”
The initial investigation revealed that the cooker bomb, which was placed in a moving auto-rickshaw, was designed to carry out a large-scale attack to fuel communal tension in the coastal region and the state.
The attacker initially targeted Karnataka state chief Basavaraj Bommai’s program which was promptly canceled. Hence, they changed the plan and allegedly decided to blast it at a children’s fest organized by Keshava Smrithi Samvardhana Samithi, linked to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the parent organization of the ruling Bharatiaya Janata Party.
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