India on Friday said that it was closely monitoring the investigation into the explosion at a gurdwara in Germany’s western city of Essen which was possibly carried out by Islamic State.
“We assume this to be an act of terrorism...the police had held a press conference in which it announced the arrest of one Yusuf T who is reported to have surrendered after a manhunt was launched,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
He said the police claimed to have got a confession that suggested that he has possible links with the IS.
“Investigation is on and more details are awaited. We are closely monitoring the situation,” he added.
A 60-year-old Sikh granthi (priest), Kuldeep Singh, was among three persons who were injured when the bomb went off at the entrance hall of the Gurdwara Nanaksar at the end of a wedding ceremony on Saturday.
Replying to a separate query, Swarup said government was committed to bring back Purulia arms drop case prime accused Kim Davy from Denmark.
A Dane, Davy is accused of orchestrating the air-drop of a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 300 AK-47s, anti-tank grenades and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, from an AN-26 aircraft that he owned on the night of December 17, 1995 in West Bengal’s Purulia district.