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Former Member’s Attack Shakes Jehovah’s Witnesses Congregation in Kerala’s Koch

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In a shocking incident that left a Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Kerala’s Kochi reeling, two women lost their lives, and 58 others sustained injuries in a series of explosions during a prayer gathering. Initially suspected to be a terror attack, the tragic event was later revealed to be the work of a disgruntled former member, Dominic Martin.

On a peaceful Sunday morning, during a gathering of 2,000-strong Jehovah’s Witnesses at the Zamra International Convention and Exhibition Centre, tragedy struck. The improvised explosive devices (IEDs) allegedly planted by Dominic Martinof Thammanam in Kochi detonated during prayers, with three back-to-back explosions, leaving the congregation in shock.

The first explosion was particularly powerful, followed by two smaller ones. Survivors recall the chaos and panic that ensued, as people, including children and the elderly, rushed to safety. Desperate efforts were made to douse the flames that engulfed the venue, but the toll had already been taken. Two women, whose identities have not been disclosed at the time of reporting, lost their lives in this tragic incident, and several others remain in critical condition.

As the day unfolded, the investigation into this heart-wrenching incident took a significant turn when Dominic Martin, the alleged perpetrator, surrendered to the authorities. Martin had posted a video message claiming responsibility for the blasts, expressing that he took this drastic action due to his belief that the teachings of the denomination were against society and the nation.

Law enforcement agencies swiftly registered a case against Martin under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Explosive Substances Act. The police are meticulously examining the evidence provided by the suspect, aiming to shed light on the motive and circumstances surrounding this horrifying event.

The aftermath of the explosions has prompted a heightened sense of security in Kerala, with authorities closely monitoring public places to prevent similar attacks. Meanwhile, the Ernakulam district administration has established a control room to provide assistance to the relatives of the injured.

As the investigation continues, the Jehovah’s Witnesses community and the broader society in Kerala grapple with the shockwaves of this incident, highlighting the importance of maintaining peace and understanding even in times of disagreement.

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