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'Thank God! My kids weren't with me'

The wife of an Israeli diplomat who Monday survived a terror attack in New Delhi said she is fortunate her children were not in the car that was bombed.

world Updated: Feb 14, 2012 23:22 IST

The wife of an Israeli diplomat who Monday survived a terror attack in New Delhi said she is fortunate her children were not in the car that was bombed. The attack prompted Israeli diplomats across the world to use taxis or public transport to commute.

Tal Yehoshua Koren, who worked in the Israeli embassy in New Delhi but was not a diplomat, was going to the American Embassy School to fetch her children in a Toyota Innova car when her vehicle was bombed Monday. Three more people, including her driver and two others in another car, were injured.

Koren, wife of Israel's defence attache, told Israeli media that she remembers "seeing the motorcyclist who apparently threw something in the direction of the car".

She spoke from her hospital bed in Delhi to the Hebrew newspaper Yediot Acharonot.

Koren, who was wounded in the attack, said she is fortunate that her children were not with her in the vehicle when it was bombed. She may have saved her life by dashing out of her vehicle when she saw the motorcyclist attaching the device to her car, israelnationalnews.com reported.

Seconds later, there was a deafening blast and the car burst into flames. The attack rattled the Israeli embassy personnel.

"It is scary," admitted an Israeli diplomat at its embassy in New Delhi.

"Life for Israeli diplomats in India isn't easy," haaretz.com quoted an employee as saying.

Israeli diplomats in India admitted that the terror could have been much worse if Koren's children happened to have been in the car, the media report said.