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Georgia defuses bomb in Israeli embassy car

world Updated: Feb 13, 2012 18:50 IST

Police in Georgia on Monday defused an explosive device found in the car of an employee of the Israeli embassy in the ex-Soviet state's capital Tbilisi, the interior ministry said.

"An employee of the Israeli embassy found a suspected explosive device in their car and contacted police," interior ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili told AFP.

"The object was an explosive device which has been neutralised," he said, adding that the device did not go off and no one was hurt.

The suspected bomb attempt was thwarted on the same day as an Israeli embassy car blew up in New Delhi, injuring two people.

The small Caucasus state, which has a tiny Jewish community, has maintained a close relationship with Israel, which sold Tbilisi military equipment and unmanned drones before Georgia's brief war with Russia in 2008.

Relations soured briefly when two Israeli businessmen were jailed for bribery in a high-profile case involving allegations of entrapment, until they were released under a presidential pardon in December 2011.