Traces of the explosive substance that filled the sticky bomb used to target a diplomat's wife in February were recovered from a central Delhi hotel during investigations into the Israeli Car Attack case, sources said.
According to the submission to the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav last Thursday, bits of TNT, the prime component of the magnetic explosive device stuck to the Innova vehicle of Tel-Yehoshua Koren on February 13 by a bike-borne assailant, have been recovered from a hotel in Karol Bagh.
"Traces of the explosive were recovered from a room in Hotel High 5 Land, where Houshang Afsar Irani, who stuck the bomb on Israeli embassy-owned vehicle, had stayed," said an officer.
The submission, on the basis of which arrested journalist Syed Ahmed Kazmi's bail plea was rejected, was filed in the CMM's court by senior officers of the Delhi Police Special Cell a day before they requested that Letters Rogatory be issued to Iran, Israel, Georgia, Thailand and Malaysia.
While Israel's assistance had been sought to share details of Koren's statement to the police, the men suspected to have perpetrated the attack were all Iranian passport holders.
Georgia and Thailand had witnessed similar incidents hours before the attack was reported from central Delhi's Aurangzeb Road on the afternoon of February 13. A suspected assailant was arrested at the Malaysian airport as soon as he managed to board a flight to that country from Bangkok.