Bangalore BJP office blast case 'cracked', three held

BJP offivce blast caseIsamail and Malik were held after a 10-hour-long operation near Tirupati. PTI

The Andhra Pradesh Police claimed to have solved the Bangalore BJP office blast case of April 17 with the arrest of two murder suspects and alleged members of the Islamic Liberation Force from a house in Puttur area of Chittoor district on Saturday, after a 10-hour-long operation.

Three arrested in Tamil Nadu for blast near BJP office in Bangalore

Panna Isamail, 38, and Bilal Malik, 25, reportedly planted the bomb outside the BJP office, that left 16 people injured. The two, along with Fakhruddin, 35, who was arrested on Friday in Chennai, had been named by the Bangalore police as the main accused in the blast.

Tamil Nadu terror cell behind blast near BJP office in Bangalore: Probe

Isamail and Malik are also wanted in the bid to attack L K Advani's convoy at Madurai in Tamil Nadu in 2011.

Suspected to be Islamist radicals with links to several terror outfits, they reportedly targeted leaders of Hindu organisations in Tamil Nadu. The Islamic Liberation Force was founded by Imam Ali of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. They are allegedly also a part of the proscribed Al Ummah, which was responsible for the 1998 Coimbatore blasts, again targeting Advani, that killed 58 people.

Terror strikes Bangalore again, 17 injured in blast outside BJP office

The arrests come ahead of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's planned visit to Chennai.

The operation by the Tamil Nadu Police and Andhra Pradesh's anti-terror unit Octopus started at 4 am in the town, located 60 km from the temple town of Tirumala-Tirupati, and ended with the arrests at 2 pm.

Police claimed to have seized small weapons and explosives from the Puttur house and said the duo may have been planning to target the 'Brahmotsavam' celebrations at the Tirumala-Tirupati temple starting next week.

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