The defendant in a trailer explosion in Karnataka coastal Mangaluru was “inspired by the IS terrorist group” and used the dark web to communicate with his handlers, police said today, claiming a step forward. big breakthrough. Alok Kumar, Karnataka’s top police officer, said Shareeq worked under several operators, one of whom was from Al Hind, a terrorist organization influenced by IS.
A resident of Shivamogga district, Shareeq was carrying an improvised explosive device (IED) in a pressure cooker on a trailer on Saturday when it exploded, leaving him severely burned. He is currently being treated at the city hospital.
“…Our priority is to make sure he survives, we have to get him to a stage where we can interrogate him,” Mr Kumar said.
Police called the explosion “a terrorist act with the intention of causing serious harm.”
The officer added that the defendant made the bomb at home and even conducted a “test explosion” by the river.
“Shareeq’s direct handler is Arafat Ali, defendant in two cases. He has contact with Mussavir Hussain, who is accused in Al-Hind module case. Abdul Matin Taha is one of the judges. There are also 2-3 other handlers who have worked with Shareeq but they have not been identified,” said Mr. Kumar.
So far, police have conducted searches at five locations across Karnataka, including his home in Mysuru, where bomb-making materials were seized, he said.
“Shareeq was motivated by IS ideology and made bombs in his own home. On September 19, Shareeq and two other accomplices carried out a test explosion in a riverside forest in Shivamogga,” the police officer said. know.
Police arrested two of his accomplices the next day but Shareeq escaped and rented a rental house with a stolen Aadhaar card in Mysuru and continued to make bombs, police added.
“We have formed five different teams and they are working on it. Four sites in Thirthahalli town in Shivamogga district and one site in Mangaluru city were searched this morning. Two sites were searched. reviewed yesterday. So we searched seven locations and seized several electronic devices,” the senior police officer said.
A man was imprisoned in Coimbatore for his alleged links to Shareeq. Tamil Nadu police sources told NDTV that the man was staying with Shareeq at a hostel and also gave him an Aadhaar card to buy a sim card.
“We probed him and verified the circumstances he was in with him. He appeared innocent. We shared the information with Mangaluru Police,” an investigating officer told NDTV.
Tamil Nadu police also launched investigations after it was reported that Shareeq had visited several locations in the state a few days before the blast. From Tamil Nadu, Shareeq to Kerala, where he is said to have received a shipment via Amazon, NDTV is aware.
Special teams have been formed to investigate whether he met or had contact with Jameesha Mubin, the main defendant in the recent car explosion in Coimbatore. Police invoked parts of the strict anti-terrorism law UAPA in the car explosion in Coimbatore after 75 kilograms of explosives were seized from the residence of Jameza Mubin, who died in the explosion.
Although police have confirmed that Shareeq and Jameza Mubin are IS supporters, they have not found any connection between the two.
Although he was out of danger, police said he was not well enough to give a statement.
Police said he was carrying a low-intensity modified explosive device or IED. A burnt pressure cooker with a battery in it was found inside the vehicle.