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Hezbollah link to Israeli car blast?
IANS
New Delhi/Tel Aviv, February 13, 2012
First Published: 20:14 IST(13/2/2012)
Last Updated: 20:16 IST(13/2/2012)

Even as India launched a probe into a blast in a car belonging to the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, media reports in Israel speculated that the explosion in Delhi coincided with an attack on the Israeli embassy in Georgia and occurred on the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah’s military commander.

It's not clear whether it was a bomb explosion or due to a blast in a CNG cylinder, with Indian authorities not ruling out a terror attack. 

In Georgia capital Tbilisi, an embassy staffer discovered a bomb underneath his car as he was driving to the embassy Monday morning. The bomb was, however, neutralised before it could explode.
 
Subsequently, Israeli security authorities raised the level of alert at its embassies all over the world. The Jerusalem Post quoted Israeli security officials saying that it was possible that the attacks were connected to the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah military chief Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in Damascus on Feb 12, 2008.

In recent years, Hezbollah, a fiercely anti-Israel militia that, has tried to avenge Mughniyeh’s assassination.

Responding to the attack, Israel's foreign minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel will not allow terrorism to affect its agenda. “It just shows that israel and its citizens face terror inside and outside of Israel,” Liberman said. “We deal with it every day. We know how to identify exactly who is responsible for the attack and who carried it out.”
"We will not allow this to affect our agenda,” said the minister.


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