Israeli diplomats car bombed just 300 metres away from PMs Race Course Road residence; another attempt to blast Tbilisi embassy foiled
OUR BUREAU New Delhi
In an apparent terror assault, an Israeli embassy car of
its military attache was bombed by a motorcyclist just 300 metres from the Prime Ministers 7, Race Course Road residence here on Monday afternoon, moderately injuring his wife and its Indian driver as also two others in the vicinity. Israel immediately blamed Iran, triggering a potential diplomatic war.
The early evening attack came on the same day when an attempted attack on the Israeli embassy in Georgian capital Tbilisi was foiled when an employee discovered
discovered a car fitted with an explosive device.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for both incidents – in Delhi and Tbilisi.
Israeli media quoted Netanyahu as saying that Israel will not cease its fight against international terror, of which he branded Iran as the ” worlds greatest
exporter”. ” In the last few months we have witnesses several attempts to target Israeli citizens and Jews in a series of countries such as Azerbaijan and Thailand,” he said.
Meanwhile, an unidentified motorcyclist is suspected to have stuck some explosive device that blew up the luxury car in New Delhi into an inferno. Witnesses conflicted on what they saw, some claiming there were two on the bike who threw something at the car while one came forward to tell police that there was just one sticking something and he had also noted down the part- number of the bike
that had just gone a few meters before the blast took place.
The injured woman and the driver, Manoj Sharma ( 43), were whisked away to the embassy in another embassy car rushed from the embassy close by at No 3, Aurangzeb Road and provided inhouse medical aid before shifting them to private Primus Hospital. Others suffering minor injuries were Arun Sharma and Manjeet Singh driving in another Indica car.
The Toyota Innova car went up in flames near the Aurangzeb crossing after the loud explosion tore through its rear side burning it down completely before a fire brigade engine rushed in to douse the fire.
The road was immediately sealed off and forensic and explosives experts combed the area for clues. Police launched a major hunt for the biker.
Delhi Police commissioner B K Gupta said the lady, Dal Yesova, who also works in the embassy, was going to pick up children from the American Embassy School in Chanakyapuri when the mishap took place.
Embassy spokesman David Goldfarb asserted that it was a terror attack and no accident caused by the cars CNG cylinder as initial reports said, but he declined to make any further comments. The Home Ministry sources said the embassy did not share any information on the terror angle, but Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor claimed in Jerusalem that Iran was behind the attack. ” Cooperation with local security forces is excellent,” he said. The police commissioner confirmed the terror attack, pointing out that Delhi Police sleuths and forensic experts have found traces of explosives and announced that the Special Cell of Delhi Police that handles terrorism cases will investigate.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna rang up Israels Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to assure him that the highest security has been provided to the embassy and its staff, an investigation has begun and ” the law of land will take its course.” Krishna had travelled to Jerusalem only a month ago to hold talks with Lieberman.
” This just means that the state of Israel and its citizens face a daily threat of terror, both physical and diplomatic. We know exactly who is responsible for the attack and who planned it and wealt39re not going to take it lying down…. Todays events remind us again how Israeli diplomats stand at the forefront of the fight which Israel is leading around the world,” Lieberman said in response.
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