India police probe bomb that killed one in Kerala, injured dozens

India police probe bomb that killed one in Kerala, injured dozens

Indian police are questioning a man who surrendered after a homemade bomb exploded at a convention centre in Kerala state. The incident occurred during a prayer meeting held by a Christian group, resulting in the death of a woman and injuries to many others. The man, a native of Kochi, surrendered in the Thrissur district and will undergo detailed interrogation by a senior police official.

According to Ernakulam District Collector N S K Umesh, the situation is under control, and the police and other agencies are conducting an investigation. The priority is to ensure that all the injured individuals receive the best medical treatment available.

The explosion took place during a Jehovah’s Witnesses convention in Kalamassery, with over 2,000 attendees over the three-day event. Local media reported that at least three explosions occurred inside the convention hall. Preliminary investigation suggests the use of an improvised explosive device, as stated by Kerala Director General of Police Shaik Darvesh Saheb.

Kerala’s health minister Veena George confirmed that one woman died at the scene, while 52 others were hospitalized, with 18 in the intensive care unit. Among the critically injured is a 12-year-old girl. The incident is being treated with utmost seriousness by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the police.

A special investigations team is being appointed by the police, and the National Security Guard, India’s counter-terrorism unit, is sending an eight-member team to Kerala for further investigation. The details regarding whether it was a terror attack will be confirmed after a thorough investigation.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses, an international Christian denomination, expressed their account of the incident. TA Sreekumar, their regional spokesperson, stated that the explosions occurred immediately after the conclusion of a prayer, with the first blast in the middle of the hall and two more explosions following simultaneously on either side.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have approximately 60,000 followers in India. The incident is unfortunate, and the authorities are committed to taking strict action against those responsible.

The article was written by Swati Bhat and edited by Gerry Doyle and Bernadette Baum, adhering to the Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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