An ex-Jehovah’s Witness who claimed responsibility in a Facebook video for bombing a church service in India on Sunday has been apprehended.
After putting a video online in which he admits to creating the explosion at the Zamra International Convention Center in Kerala, Dominic Martin turned himself into the authorities. The incident has taken the lives of at least three people and injured several others.
The tragedy was triggered by IEDs, according to the officials. A 12-year-old girl is among the 36 injured, and she is in serious condition due to the terrible burns she sustained.
Martin sent a six-minute video to Facebook, which he has since deleted, in which he claimed responsibility. He publicly admitted to being the bomb’s trigger man.
Martin said he attempted to persuade Jehovah’s Witnesses to change their worldview, but they rejected his efforts because they were “anti-national.”
According to Pramod Kumar, a spokesman for the Kochi authorities Department, Dominic is still being questioned by authorities there. Although his arrest has not yet been officially recorded, he is currently in custody.
According to Kumar, they are checking into the veracity of his claim of responsibility. Due to a scarcity of data and evidence, they cannot confirm his participation in the crime. The investigation is still in progress.
Reports say that the explosions occurred immediately following the second prayer of the day. The first blast’s epicenter was in the middle of the room. A few seconds later, two more explosions shook the hall to its foundations.
According to Reuters, Martin did not sign up for the three-day convention hosted by Sreekumar. About 2,300 Jehovah’s Witnesses showed up to the event.
In the 1870s, a group of Christians in America established what would become known as Jehovah’s Witnesses. They are most well-known for their practice of evangelism by knocking on people’s doors. About 60 thousand Indians call themselves devotees of this faith.