Little-known Outfit IRC Claims Responsibility for Mangaluru Blast

MANGALURU: Lesser known outfits Islamic Resistance Council (IRC) on Thursday has claimed responsibility for the November 19th blasts in Mangaluru and warned of another attack in the future. Shortly after the outfits’ statement, police intensified operations and deepened investigations to reach the roots of the terror network. They claimed that their target was a temple in Kadri in Mangaluru city.

“Mangaluru has become a 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 read.

It further said, “Although this operation didn’t meet its objectives, we still consider it a success from a tradecraft and tactics point of view as the brother in spite of being wanted and being pursued by the state and central intelligence agencies, was not only able to successfully evade them but even prepared and mounted an attack.”

For the ‘premature explosion’ which led to Shariq’s arrest, the outfit said such possibilities exist with ‘all military and subversive operations.’ The outfit even warned the ADGP Alok Kumar.

Reacting to the viral post, Mr. Kumar said, “We are verifying the genuineness of the avowed organization and veracity of the contents of the post.”

Notably, the blast occurred on November 19 in an auto. The cooker bomb was designed to carry out a large-scale attack to fuel communal tension in the coastal region and in the state. The probe revealed that the attacker initially targeted Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s program and later wanted to blast it at a children’s fest organized by one of the institutions affiliated with the RSS.

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