The National Investigation Agency has named a former operative of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIM), Alamzeb Afridi (30), as the lone attacker involved in the December 28, 2014 attack on Coconut Grove restaurant at Bengaluru’s Church Street in which a 37-year-old woman was killed.
The NIA filed the chargesheet naming Afridi as the solo attacker involved in the blast before a special terrorism court in Bengaluru.
The agency has indicated that further investigations are on “to identify the online handlers of Alamzeb Afridi, who had guided him in preparation and placement of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED)”.
Afridi, who was arrested on January 22 in Bengaluru in a joint operation of Telangana and Bengaluru police, was taken into custody on January 29 after his role in the blast case emerged in the course of investigation.
According to the NIA, Afridi confessed to his role in the Church Street blast following his arrest. He has reportedly said that two Facebook acquaintances — Abdul Khan and Ayan Khan Salafi — with leanings to the IS ideology influenced and guided him to carry out the blast.
The NIA is yet to establish the real identities of the two persons.