News Flash – 19 October 2019

National News



Bangladesh Terror Groups in State; Police on High Alert



Mysuru: Members of an Islamic terrorist organisation operating out of Bangladesh have infiltrated Karnataka disguised as immigrants and are lodged in Bengaluru, Mysuru and the coastal areas, state home minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Friday. Bommai said police have been put on high alert and are tracking their movements. He said they are acting on information supplied by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). “At a recent NIA meeting, authorities discussed major issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir and terror groups from Bangladesh entering the country,” Bommai said on the sidelines of the passing out parade of the 42nd batch of sub-inspectors at the Karnataka Police Academy grounds. “The NIA has informed us that Bangladeshi Mujahideen have sneaked into Karnataka along with Bangladeshi immigrants. Their movements are being tracked,” he said. “There is a state-wide alert. Police have been told to stay alert to any suspicious movement in the state. Security has been tightened in Bengaluru, Mysuru and other cities. In some areas, police are frisking people and taking necessary safety measures,” Bommai said. Bommai said police are concentrating on three regions. “Activities of the terror group members are increasing in coastal areas along the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Also, there appears to be more activity in Bengaluru and Mysuru where there are sleeper cells. We have vital information, but that cannot be shared at this time,” he said.



Man Makes Away with Two-Wheeler During Test Ride

A CCTV camera footage shows the man with the bike.



Chennai: Police have launched a hunt for a man who escaped with a bike he had taken out for a test ride on Thursday from a shop selling used vehicles in Madipakkam. Police said the shop owner, John, received a call from a man who said that he had seen an online advertisement and wanted to buy the bike. In the evening, a man came in an autorickshaw and saw the vehicle. John had left the shop in charge of his brother, Edwin. After negotiations, the man agreed to buy the bike for Rs. 30,000. He then took it on a test ride but did not return. When Edwin tried to reach him, the man’s phone was switched off. He filed a complaint with the Madipakkam police. Police said the man had sought help from the autorickshaw driver to help him bargain with Edwin. He had told the auto driver that he would pay Rs.500 if the deal was done. “The driver did not know who the man was. We suspect the bike thief to be a previous offender,” said an investigating officer. Police have procured CCTV camera footage of the man.



International News



Blast at Afghanistan Mosque Kills 62; Taliban in Blame Game



Kabul: Multiple explosions at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan collapsed the roof on worshippers during Friday prayers, killing at least 62 and wounding more than 100, officials said. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar’s governor, said bombs had been placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district. “People using an excavator are still working to bring out the bodies and injured from under the roof,” said Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council in Nangarhar, adding that the death toll was likely to rise. No group immediately claimed responsibility but the government accused Taliban insurgents. A presidential palace spokesman condemned what he said was a suicide bomb attack. A Taliban spokesman denied responsibility. “All witnesses say it was a mortar attack by Kabul Adm.(Administration) forces,” he tweeted.

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