Mangaluru Blast: Suspicious satellite phone was active in the area a day before the explosion

In a major development in the Mangaluru auto rickshaw blast case, it has been reported that there was an active satellite phone in the area before the explosion. Suspicious phone calls were made from a satellite phone in the area in the lead-up to the blast.

According to local media reports, the satellite phone was active in the forest areas of Dakshina Kannada, Uttar Kannada, and Udupi.

Reportedly, on November 18, a day before the blast, the satellite phone was active in the Kakkinje forest near Bantwal village. As Shariq reached the Bantwal area, the satellite phone was more active. Police and intelligence agencies suspect that Shariq went to the forest area to establish contact with other sleeper cells. The intelligence agencies have traced the satellite phone’s location.

Shariq was reportedly visiting forest areas in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and other southern states in the past few months in order to establish ISIS terrorist modules.

Interestingly, a lesser-known Islamist terrorist outfit Islamic Resistance Council (IRC) claimed responsibility for the blast in Mangaluru on November 19. The Islamist group has said that one of its ‘Mujahid brothers’ Mohammad Shariq attempted to blow up a ‘Hindutva temple’ in Kadri.

Days after the explosion in Karnataka’s coastal town Mangaluru was confirmed to be a homemade pressure cooker bomb, it has come to light that the accused in the case, Mohammed Shariq, utilized cryptocurrency to carry out the terror operation.

Reportedly, the probing agencies noted that Shariq and his handlers used cryptocurrencies and the dark web to make financial transactions and received funds online to execute the blast. Shariq traded in bitcoins and received funding online from the Middle east for the terror operation.

On November 19, an auto-rickshaw exploded in Mangaluru, Karnataka’s coastal town. The accused terrorist Mohammed Shariq was carrying a pressure cooker, and police found that there was an improvised explosive device (IED) inside the cooker which exploded. Shariq had hired the auto-rickshaw posing as a passenger.

Gelatin powder, circuit boards, tiny bolts, batteries, mobile phones, wood power, aluminium multimeters, cables, mixing jars, pressure cookers, and other components required to build explosives were found by the FSL team from the room rented by Shariq. One mobile phone, two fake Aadhaar cards, one fake pan card, and one FINO debit card were also recovered by the forensic experts.

Source: OpIndia


Mangaluru blast: Islamic Resistance Council claims responsibility, Kadri temple was their target

A shocking detail in the Mangaluru auto rickshaw blast case has emerged, a lesser-known Islamist terrorist outfit Islamic Resistance Council (IRC) claimed responsibility for the blast on November 19.

The Islamist group has said that one of its ‘Mujahid brothers’ Mohammad Shariq attempted to blow up a ‘Hindutva temple’ in Kadri.

“We, the Islamic Resistance Council (IRC), would like to convey this message: One of our Mujahid brother Mohammed Shariq attempted to attack the Hindutva Temple in Kadri (in Dakshina Kannada district), a bastion of the Saffron terrorists in Mangaluru,” said the message, which went viral on social media.

As per reports, Following a threat from the Islamic Resistance Council (IRC), an unknown Islamic outfit, the management of Kadri Manjunatha temple has sought additional security, police said on Friday.

According to the post, Shariq successfully escaped despite being wanted and chased by state intelligence agencies and mounted an attack.

The Mangaluru Police ADGP Alok Kumar has stated that the police are verifying the authenticity of the note issued by the so-called Islamic Resistance Council, as well as the alleged outfit’s background and activities.

Notably, the said Islamist outfit has threatened ADGP Alok Kumar too.

“To those who are celebrating the arrest of the brother, especially ADGP Alok Kumar, we say, “Your joy will be short-lived, and you will soon reap the fruits of your oppression.” We’ve got you in our sights, and it’s just a matter of when, not if, we’ll get to you.”

On November 19, an auto-rickshaw exploded in Mangaluru, Karnataka’s coastal town. The accused terrorist Mohammed Shariq was carrying a pressure cooker, and police found that there was an improvised explosive device (IED) inside the cooker which exploded. Shariq had hired the auto-rickshaw posing as a passenger.

Gelatin powder, circuit boards, tiny bolts, batteries, mobile phones, wood power, aluminium multimeters, cables, mixing jars, pressure cookers, and other components required to build explosives were found by the FSL team. One mobile phone, two fake Aadhaar cards, one fake pan card, and one FINO debit card were also recovered by the forensic experts.

On November 20, the Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) took to Twitter to announce that the explosion was not an accident but an ‘act of terror.’

Source: OpIndia and Manglorean


Mangaluru blast: Accused Shariq dealt in cryptocurrencies to execute the terror operation

Days after a mysterious blast in Karnataka’s coastal town Mangaluru was revealed to be an improvised pressure cooker bomb, it has come to the fore that the accused Mohammed Shariq in the case dealt in cryptocurrencies to execute the terror operation.

The central agencies who joined in the investigation into the Mangaluru auto rickshaw blast case on Wednesday are probing the funding behind the blast.

Reportedly, the probing agencies noted that Shariq and his handlers used cryptocurrencies and the dark web to make financial transactions and received funds online to execute the blast. Shariq traded in bitcoins and received funding online from the Middle east for the terror operation. Cryptocurrency has emerged as a major threat in terms of terror funding and the Police in this case are closely investigating its involvement.

Yesterday, Karnataka home minister Araga Jnanendra visited the blast spot on the outskirts of the city, along with Karnataka police chief Praveen Sood. The duo also met the auto driver named Purushottam Poojary who is being treated at the hospital. The duo said that the blast case would be formally handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which has been looking at the case since the incident occurred.

Sood stated that the primary accused Mohammed Shariq’s goal was to create a rift between communities. “What else was the goal? His aim was to create differences between two communities, there is no doubt. Differences between communities be it Hindu, Muslim, or Christian grow when there is a blast. It means destabilising the country. He definitely intended to disturb communal harmony and unity… ,” said the DGP. Earlier, the DGP had confirmed that the blast was not accidental but an act of terror with the intention to cause serious damage.

On Saturday, a driving auto rickshaw burst in Mangaluru, creating fire and thick smoke, and the driver and a passenger were among those injured by burns. The passenger had boarded an auto rickshaw at Naguri from the Mangalore Railway Junction area. Following the explosion, a cooker was retrieved from the site and the state police increased security at airports, train stations, marketplaces, bus stops, and tourist attractions, among other places.

Source: OpIndia


Mangaluru blast case: Police look for jihadi suspects who aided Mohammed Shariq

Mangaluru Police is looking for the associates of 24-year-old Mohammed Shariq, who was found injured in an auto-rickshaw blast in the city last week. As per the police, Shariq was inspired by the terrorist organisation Islamic State (ISIS). Shariq’s alleged plan was to execute the blast somewhere else, but the improvised bomb accidentally went off in the auto.

Following the blast, he was shifted to a hospital for treatment as he suffered extensive burn injuries.

Police on the lookout for suspected co-conspirators

As per reports, the police are looking for three suspected co-conspirators: Abdul Matheen Taha, Musabbir Hussain and Arafath Ali. All three are the residents of Thirthahalli, which is located around 60 km from Shivamogga.

Two of the suspects, Taha and Hussain, are wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for attempting to raise an ISIS-inspired module. They allegedly tried to recruit members from the southern states. A case was filed against them in 2020, and since then, they have been absconding.

Indian Express quoted ADGP (Law and Order) Alok Kumar said that the police suspect Arafath Ali to be the immediate handler of Shariq. Taha is suspected to be above Ali in the hierarchy, and Hussain is also suspected to be part of the group. The agency has announced a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh for information on Taha.

In 2020, Arafath, Shariq and two others identified as Maaz Muneer Ahmed from Mangaluru and Syed Yasin from Shivamogga were booked in the Mangaluru graffiti case. Following the case, Ali is suspected of having fled to Dubai. All of them were accused of painting pro-terror slogans on a wall.

The role of cryptocurrency

As per the police, it is suspected that the accused used cryptocurrency to finance the blast. Kumar said in a statement that Shariq used bitcoins. A team has been set up to probe the digital train of the transactions executed by Shariq. The police also suspect that Arafat channelled the foreign funding. The equipment used in the blast was purchased mostly from online stores.

Source: OpIndia


Mangaluru blast: CCTV shows Shariq had used Isha Foundation logo as DP to mask identity

On November 22, Tuesday, CCTV evidence emerged showing Mohammed Shariq, the main suspect in the Mangaluru bomb blast, boarding the auto-rickshaw at Naguri minutes before the explosion. In the fooatge, Shariq is seen carrying a huge backpack in which the pressure cooker that was turned into IED was allegedly packed.

Second suspect is also seen with Shariq in the footage. Karnataka Police has revealed that the suspect used Isha Foundation logo as the display picture on his social media accounts to mask his identity.

On Saturday, November 19, an auto-rickshaw exploded under unexplained circumstances in Mangaluru, Karnataka’s coastal town. After the explosion, CCTV footage capturing exact moment of IED blast in the auto-rickshaw in Mangaluru had also emerged.

The footage that has been relased by the Karnataka police today, is that from a wine shop near the place from where Shariq boarded the auto. In the footage, Shariq is seen wearing a cap and carrying a huge backpack on his shoulders. As he walks towards the auto, he removes the bag and puts it on towards the front. It is being said that Shariq was probably carrying the pressure cooker, which contained an improvised explosive device (IED) that had exploded, in that backpack.

The second accused is also seen walking behind Shariq. Republic TV has reported that Karnataka Police has revealed that the suspect used Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Foundation as display picture on social media.

The police have gathered CCTV footage from throughout the stretch, from the bus stop where he got off to Naguri, where the explosion eventually occurred, and are mapping Shariq’s trail after he reached Mangaluru through them.

Meanwhile, the inquiry into Mohammed Shariq’s antecedents, the key suspect in Saturday’s Mangaluru auto rickshaw blast, has found that he visited Madurai and Coimbatore in September and stayed for a few days in a hostel in Singanallur, a residential locality in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Police are investigating whether Shariq met Jamesha Mubeen, who died in a car explosion in Coimbatore on October 23, during his stay there.

Source: OpIndia


Karnataka: Mangaluru blast suspect identified as Mohammed Shariq, had used fake Hindu identity

People witnessed a blast in an auto-rickshaw in Mangaluru, Karnataka’s coastal town, under strange circumstances on Saturday, November 19. Soon after, Karnataka’s DGP took to Twitter to declare that the explosion was not an accident, but an ‘act of terror.’

Several hours after the event, it was discovered that the pressure cooker the auto-rickshaw passenger was carrying contained an improvised explosive device (IED) that had exploded. The suspect, identified on November 20 by Karnataka police, was previously detained in accordance with the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). He is now being treated in a hospital.

When questioned by authorities, the auto-rickshaw driver said that the passenger had something in his luggage that caught fire and spread throughout the vehicle. Further investigation revealed a terror plot, and from the residence of the main suspect, authorities seized explosive material as well as several fake identity cards. Here is a timeline of events that unfolded.

Blast in autorickshaw

On Saturday, a driving auto rickshaw burst in Mangaluru, creating fire and thick smoke, and the driver and a passenger were among those injured by burns.

The passenger had boarded an auto rickshaw at Naguri from the Mangalore Railway Junction area. Following the explosion, a cooker was retrieved from the site. Following the explosion, state police increased security at airports, train stations, marketplaces, bus stops, and tourist attractions, among other places.

DGP reveals blast an ‘act of terror’

Karnataka Director General of Police Praveen Sood announced on Sunday, a day after the explosion in Mangaluru, that the blast was an act of terror and that a detailed investigation into the occurrence was ongoing.

In a tweet, the DGP stated, “It’s confirmed now. The blast is not accidental but an act of terror with intention to cause serious damage. Karnataka State Police is probing deep into it along with central agencies.” A bomb disposal squad and a dog squad were summoned to the explosion scene, as was a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials.

Suspect identified as Shariq

The suspect was identified by Karnataka police on November 20, 2022. The suspect’s name was revealed to be Mohammed Shariq, who had previously been detained under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

It is worth noting that Mohammed Shariq was previously prosecuted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for graffiti on Mangaluru’s walls. In this case, he was given bail. In addition, investigators were looking for him in another terror investigation.

Maaz Muneer Ahmad (22) of Mangaluru and Syed Yasin (21) were detained in September for suspected connections to the proscribed terrorist organisation Islamic State. In the same case, Mohammad Shariq was also a suspect and he was on the run from the police.

Incriminating material recovered from Shariq’s house

The Forensic Science Laboratory Division (FSL) team arrived at Shariq’s rented house in Mysore on Sunday as the inquiry into the Mangaluru bomb case proceeded. The squad seized explosive-making ingredients from Shariq’s home.

Gelatin powder, circuit boards, tiny bolts, batteries, mobile phones, wood power, aluminium multimeters, cables, mixing jars, pressure cookers, and other components required to build explosives were found by the FSL team. One mobile phone, two fake Aadhaar cards, one fake pan card, and one FINO debit card were also discovered by the forensic experts. The accused is alleged to have been assembling explosive devices at his home.

The suspect was paying Rs 1,800 per month for a single room, according to the house owner from Mysore. He presented a copy of the rental agreement, which showed the suspect’s name as Premraj, S/o Sri Maruthi, and his address as Hubballi.

Coimbatore blast connection

On October 23, a 25-year-old man died in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, when an LPG cylinder in a car exploded in the communally sensitive Kottaimedu district. Notably, the occurrence was initially assumed to be a simple cylinder blast case, but a terror aspect later emerged, and the case was turned over to the NIA. Jamesha Mubin, a native of Kottaipudur, near GM Nagar in Ukkadam, was killed in the Coimbatore blast.

It was earlier reported how Jamesha Mubin and his accomplices planned the Easter blast in Sri Lanka-style bombings and how they are allegedly linked to the Islamic State and the mastermind of 1998 serial blasts in the city.

As of now, Karnataka ADGP Alok Kumar has stated that a connection to the Coimbatore bomb cannot be proved. According to reports, though, the suspect in the Mangaluru bomb case had also visited Coimbatore among other locations.

Source: OpIndia


Karnataka: Blast in autorickshaw in Mangaluru an ‘act of terror’, DGP confirms

On Saturday, November 19, an auto-rickshaw exploded in Mangaluru, Karnataka’s coastal town, under mysterious circumstances. Now it has been reported that the passenger in the auto-rickshaw was carrying a pressure cooker, and police have found that there was an improvised explosive device (IED) inside the cooker which exploded.

The passenger was also carrying a stolen Aadhar card of a 24-year-old Hindu person named Premraj, who is a resident of Hubballi. As per a News18 report, police sources said that the suspect is from Shivamogga and for the last few months was also on the radar of the police. The suspect was reportedly planning a similar attack two months ago in Shivamogga, however, could not succeed as the plan was busted by the police.

The owner of the house where the suspect rented a room has also confirmed his identity, according to intelligence agencies.

M Mohan Kumar, the house owner from Mysuru, stated that the suspect was paying Rs 1,800 per month for a single room. Kumar produced a copy of the rental agreement, which listed the suspect’s name as Premraj, S/o Sri Maruthi, with a Hubballi address.

Explosives, circuit boards, sulphuric acid, other chemicals, small bolts, batteries, mobile displays, wooden powder, aluminum foil, multimeter, wires, mixer jars, pressure cooker and whistles, and other items were discovered in the room by intelligence agencies.

A mobile phone, two fake Aadhaar cards, one PAN card, one debit card, an unused SIM card, and a notebook with circuit drawings have also been recovered.

Meanwhile, a team of NIA officials from Bengaluru arrived on the scene to investigate the incident. A bomb disposal squad and a dog squad have also arrived at the explosion site, and an auto-rickshaw has been brought there as part of the investigation.

Speaking about the incident, Karnataka Home Minister said, “The passenger injured in the auto blast in Mangalore yesterday is being treated in a hospital and is currently unable to speak. However, the police investigation has found that this is the work of an anti-national terrorist organization. The Central Intelligence Agency has also arrived in Karnataka to conduct an investigation. Along with them, the Karnataka Police will conduct an investigation.”

On Sunday, November 20, the Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) took to Twitter to announce that the explosion was not an accident but an ‘act of terror.’

“It’s confirmed now,” said the Director General of Police (DGP) in a tweet, “The blast is not accidental but an act of terror with the intention to cause serious damage. Karnataka State Police is probing deep into it along with central agencies.”

In another tweet, the DGP confirmed that Premraj, the person whose Aadhar Card has been recovered from the suspect, is a victim of identity theft and has no involvement in the case.

“Mangalore blast case; Premraj is a victim of identity theft. It’s confirmed. He has nothing to do with this incident,” the Karnataka DGP tweeted.

It should be noted that the findings, in this case, are similar to those in the Coimbatore blast case, where an LPG cylinder exploded inside a car. A 25-year-old man died on October 23 in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, after an LPG cylinder in a vehicle exploded in the communally sensitive Kottaimedu region. Following the incident, Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party president K Annamalai asserted that it was not an accident, but rather a planned terror attack with ties to the Islamic State.

Source: OpIndia

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