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Kerala,Car bomb blast in Malappuram Collectorate,Laden’s photo found

A bomb blast from under a car parked near the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court within the Civil Station compound shook the Malappuram Collectorate complex on Tuesday afternoon.

Three cars were damaged in the blast that took place at 12.55 p.m.

Apart from a few batteries and wires, the police recovered a paper box, a pen drive and a printed paper ascribing the blast to the Base Movement. The letter, with the photograph of the killed al-Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden, had references to alleged human rights violations in the country, including the killing of Mohammed Akhlaq in the name of eating beef.

A similar blast took place in the Kollam Collectorate compound in June this year. The Base Movement, a mysterious organisation, was suspected to have been behind that blast too.

The blast took place under a Chevrolet Enjoy car hired by District Medical Officer (Homoeo) Reji Kuzhiyellil. The car was empty when the blast occurred. A man sitting in a Maruti car a few metres away ran for cover as the blast shook the entire Collectorate compound. “I was thrown out of my chair in my office,” said District Medical Officer V. Ummer Farook.

Senior police officers who examined the blast site said that the explosive was kept in a tiffin box under the diesel tank of the car. Eye witnesses said the car was lifted off the ground in the blast

A very low intensity IED was used to trigger the blast”, director general of police Loknath Behera told PTI. Asked if “Kerala police was viewing it a a terrorist act, the DGP said some pamphlets a picture of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been recovered from the spot”.

Behera said had also spoken to a central agency

NIA team to collect evidence The blast was similar to the one at the court premises at Chittoor n April 7 in Andhra Pradesh and Mysuru in Karnataka on August 1, he said.

About Base Movement

The underground Islamist extremist group first surfaces in January 2015, when it wrote to the Additional Chief Secretary of Karnataka, informing about its existence. The group had subsequently written to the French consulate in Bengaluru, in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo incident, warning of severe consequences. In its letters, the Base Movement has always made use of Osama Bin Laden’s message and symbol of Al Qaeda. Many internal security experts trace the origins of the group to Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), formed in 2014, but subsequently turned defunct.

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In the aftermath of an encounter of SIMI terrorists in April 2015 in Warangal, the group carried out its first major attack on April 7, 2015, outside the the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Commercial Taxes in Andhra’s Chittoor.

If the pattern and cause of attack is taken into cause, it appears that the Base Movement carried out the explosion outside the Mallapuram electorate today to avenge the killing of eight SIMI terror-activists by Madhya Pradesh police on Monday.

Input: The Hindu & India.com

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