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Police on the hunt for biker bomber in Delhi

"Police are on the hunt for the biker, wearing a brown jacket and driving a red-coloured bike, who attached a magnetic device to the rear side of the car when it was standing at a Aurangzeb Road red light," said the police chief. Cops taken by surprise, no intelligence info on attack

delhi Updated: Feb 14, 2012 11:55 IST
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The Special Cell of Delhi Police has started investigating the blast in the Israeli embassy car that left four people, including an Israeli woman, injured on Monday and the cops are on the hunt for the biker who allegedly attached the explosive to the rear side of the car.

"Police are on the hunt for the biker, wearing a brown jacket and driving a red-coloured bike, who attached a magnetic device to the rear side of the Israeli embassy car when it was standing at the Aurangzeb Road red light," said the Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta on Monday.

There was only one person on the bike, he said.

Giving the sequence of the incident, Gupta said: "The woman was going to American Embassy School to pick up her children. According to an eyewitness, a biker stuck some kind of magnetic device to the car. After the motorcycle crossed, there was a blast and the vehicle caught fire."

Gupta said a team of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) is examining the car to ascertain the nature of explosive used.

The 42-year-old wife of the defence attache in the embassy, her driver Manoj Sharma and two other people, Arun Sharma and Manjeet Singh, were injured in the incident that took place at 3.18 pm. on Monday

The Israeli defence attache's wife was stable on Tuesday, doctors said. She has been operated upon and shrapnel removed from her spine.

A surgery on her spinal cord was performed on Monday night, said doctors at Delhi's Primus Hospital where she is admitted.

"The patient is stable now, a surgery was conducted and she is conscious now," medical superintendent of Primus Hospital ND Khurana said.

"We will decide the course of treatment after a meeting of a group of doctors," he said.

Tal Yehoshua Koren, wife of the Israeli defence attache, was injured Monday afternoon after a terror attack targeting the embassy car she was travelling in.

Arun Bhanot, who is heading the team of doctors treating her, said major shrapnel from her spine had been removed, but more remain in her body.

"There are multiple metal objects in her body, in the liver, lungs and spinal cord," Bhanot told reporters.

"The major shrapnel was in her spinal cord, which was causing pressure on the nerves and had cut one of the nerves," he said.

"That shrapnel has been removed, she may start showing improvement."

A day after an Israeli embassy car carrying the wife of a defence attache was targeted in a terror attack, the morning bustle seemed to be back at the blast site at Delhi's Aurangzeb Road crossing Tuesday with the area opened for normal traffic.

Media vehicles were the only indicator of Monday's incident. Broadcast vans were parked close to the blast site and next to the nearby Tughlaq Road police station even as daily commuters went their way.

Police that had cordoned off the area at night were virtually absent from the scene. Barricades had been removed and regular traffic was back on the road.

(With inputs from IANS)

First Published: Feb 14, 2012 11:19 IST