Mangaluru Auto Explosion “Act Of Terror”, Pressure Cooker Found: Top Cop

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Mangaluru Auto Explosion 'Act Of Terror', Pressure Cooker Found: Top Cop

The police have recovered a “burnt pressure cooker with batteries” inside the autorickshaw, sources said.

New Delhi:

The autorickshaw blast in coastal Karnataka’s Mangaluru Saturday was not accidental but an “act of terror with the intention to cause serious damage”, the state police chief said today. Karnataka top cop Praveen Sood added that the police is probing the incident along with central agencies.

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra too said that central investigation teams are assisting the police in the case.

“The state police has launched an intensive investigation into the autorickshaw blast incident that took place in Mangalore yesterday.  It is suspected that this may be a terror-related incident. Along with the state police, central investigation teams will also join hands,” he said.

The police have recovered a “burnt pressure cooker with batteries” inside the autorickshaw, sources have told NDTV.

Two people – the autorickshaw driver and a passenger – were injured when the vehicle exploded near a building where construction work is going on.

CCTV visuals from the location, shared by the police, showed the autorickshaw catching fire following what appeared to be a minor explosion.

“The driver alleged he spotted the fire. They (driver and passenger) are undergoing treatment and are unable to speak now. We request the public not to spread rumours. They should remain calm and not panic. We will update once we speak to them,” city Police Commissioner N Sasikumar had said.





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