Mangaluru: The bomb squad has finally disposed of the live bomb that was found at the Mangaluru International Airport at Kenjar Ground, on Monday, January. The finding of the bomb and the subsequent threat call to Indigo Airlines created a lot of panic in the coastal city.
The bomb squad used C4 to create a controlled explosion to dispose of the bomb. Besides that, the bag containing the live bomb was placed in the middle of sandbags in order to diminish the impact of the explosion. After the safe disposal of the bomb, the police and civilians heaved a huge sigh of relief.
CISF Deputy Inspector General Anil Pandey told IANS that it was a "low intensity" IED. The IED had been put inside the cooling pit and defused.
"The CISF scrutinised the CCTV footage outside the terminal building and it was found that a man wearing a white cap left the bag at the IndiGo counter and left the airport in an autorickshaw," Pandey said.
It was learnt that the bag was full of nails and some components -- battery, wire, timer, switch and detonator necessary for manufacturing an IED, said sources.
Mangaluru police release images of suspect
Meanwhile, the Mangaluru police released the image of the suspect who placed the bomb at the airport. According to the police, the suspect had arrived at Kenjar in a private bus, from where he took an auto to the airport, where he dumped the bag. The suspect was wearing a white shirt, specks and a white cap. He placed the bag containing the bomb near the ticket counter.
As these images were released mere hours after the bomb was found in an abandoned bag at MIA, the police have achieved a major breakthrough in this case. The images were extracted from CCTV footage recovered by the police from the airport.
Police form three teams to investigate
Mangaluru Commissioner of Police Dr P S Harsha told the media that three teams have been formed to investigate the incident and that the police would investigate the case from all possible angles. He also informed that items obtained after the bomb was safely disposed of, will be handed over to forensic experts to ascertain more information.
(With inputs from IANS)
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