Israel-Iran battle spills on to heart of Delhi
The cloak-and-dagger war between Iran and Israel arrived in India on Monday afternoon. An Israeli embassy vehicle was bombed, less than 300 meters from the Prime Minister's residence, injuring an embassy official, the driver of the car as well as two occupants of the car right behind. HT reports.delhi Updated: Feb 14, 2012 08:00 IST
Investigators, quoting eyewitnesses, say that a biker is suspected to have used a magnetic device to stick the explosive to the rear of the embassy car waiting at a red light and sped away. The explosive went off seconds later, setting the vehicle on fire and seriously injuring Talyeshova Koren, who works for the defence section of the embassy and is also the defence attache’s wife.
Though Delhi Police chief B K Gupta didn't confirm it as a terror attack, Tel Aviv immediately pointed its finger at long-time enemy Iran and said the attack won't be taken "lying down". A similar plot was foiled hours before the Delhi blast in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, where a bomb attached to an Israeli embassy vehicle was defused.
Investigators have no clue as to biker's identity, apart from the fact that he was wearing a red or brown jacket and a full-face helmet.
There is no closed-circuit camera coverage in the area either, making it even more difficult for police to track down the motorcycle's number. The attack comes a day after after the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah deputy leader, Imad Mughniyah, who was killed in a car bomb attack.
Hizbullah, with who Israeli has a running battle, blamed Tel Aviv for Mughniyah's killing.
Iran and Israel have been waging an increasingly bloody covert war over the former's nuclear weapons programme. At least five Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated over the past two years. Tehran has blamed Israel for the deaths and sworn retaliation.
First Published: Feb 13, 2012 17:22 IST