Alert in Mangaluru Airport; explosive found, Police release suspect's Photo

Alert in Mangaluru Airport; explosive found, Police release suspect's Photo

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Mangaluru (Karnataka): An alert was sounded at the Mangaluru International Airport on Monday morning, after security personnel found abandoned a low intensity Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on its premises.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials said they have found a suspect, who was seen leaving the airport in an auto rickshaw. "Our jawans found an abandoned bag this morning, after which the bomb disposal squad was immediately informed. A low-intensity improvised explosive device(IED) with all components except a trigger was found inside the bag," said CISF Deputy Inspector General Anil Pandey.

The photographs of the suspect -- a bespectacled man wearing a light-coloured shirt and a white baseball cap --was released by Mangaluru police who undertakes the investigation. They have also released another photograph of the auto rickshaw that drove the suspected culprit away. In both, his face, however, cannot be seen clearly.

According to news agency PTI, the "live" explosive was found in a black laptop bag near the airport's ticket counter. Not willing to take any chances, the bomb disposal squad cordoned off the area before taking it away in a reinforced vehicle. By evening, they had "neutralised" the bomb by carrying out a controlled explosion in an open field far away from the airport.

"We have taken steps to neutralise the bomb. Inquiries are on to identify the people responsible," said Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai. A team of police personnel led by Mangaluru Commissioner PS Harsha was among the first to arrive at the spot, PTI reported.