Cops smell foreign hand in ‘sticky bomb’ case
It has been a week that the car of an Israeli embassy diplomat was targeted by a bike-borne bomber. After the incident, a lot of theories were pedalled before being debunked. Now, a fresh theory has emerged in the case.delhi Updated: Feb 21, 2012 01:00 IST
It has been a week that the car of an Israeli embassy diplomat was targeted by a bike-borne bomber. After the incident, a lot of theories were pedalled before being debunked. Now, a fresh theory has emerged in the case.
The infamous 'sticky bomb', had sent 42-year-old Tal Yehoshua's Innova car up in flames on the afternoon of February 13 or at least its peripheral façade Delhi Police sources said it might have been smuggled into the country through diplomatic channel(s).
"As far as we are concerned, this (sticky bomb) is an alien device, which has never been used in the country — at least in urban India. It has a history of being covertly and overtly used in conflicts in the Middle East," said a senior Delhi Police officer.
"None of the devices, which have been used to trigger blasts in the country earlier, were found to have been crafted with such expertise. A foreign hand is certainly involved in this," the officer said. However, he refused to name the country.
Since all diplomatic baggage, whether opened or not, pass through X-Ray scanners, sources said they were not ruling out the possibility of the magnetic façade having been smuggled to Delhi before being stuffed with an incendiary, nitrate-based explosive.
“Though we are questioning wholesale marketers of magnetic strips in the city, getting our hands on the bike used in the attack seems bleak,” the officer said.
First Published: Feb 21, 2012 00:59 IST