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Closely monitoring probe into explosion at German gurdwara: India

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.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2016 17:47 IST
Nanaksar Satsang Sabha Gurudwara after the attack
Nanaksar Satsang Sabha Gurudwara after the attack(Photo credits-Facebook page)

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.

Read: 2 Islamic extremists arrested for gurdwara blast in Germany

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.