Mangaluru Blast Accused Inspired By ISIS, Explosives Found At Home: Cops

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Mangaluru, Karnataka:

The accused in the Mangaluru autorickshaw blast was “inspired by ISIS terror group” and used dark web to contact his handlers, the police said today, claiming a big breakthrough in the case. Karnataka top cop Alok Kumar said Shareeq worked under multiple handlers, one of them from Al Hind, a terror outfit influenced by ISIS.

“Shareeq’s immediate handler was Arafat Ali, an accused in two cases. He was in touch with Mussavir Hussain who is an accused in Al-Hind module case. Abdul Matin Taha was one of the main handler of Shareeq. Another 2-3 handlers also worked with Shareeq but they are yet to be identified,” Mr Kumar said.

So far, the police have conducted searches at five locations across Karnataka, including his home in Mangaluru where materials used to make bomb were seized, he said.

“We have formed five different teams and they’re working on it. Four locations in Thirthahalli town of Shivamogga district and one place in Mangaluru city were searched this morning. Yesterday two places were searched. So, we have searched seven places and seized some electronic devices,” the senior police officer said.

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