Bombers target Israeli diplomats

2012-02-13 15:02

Jerusalem - Israel's Foreign Ministry has confirmed a pair of attempted car bombings against Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia.

Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor says one Israeli was wounded in the New Delhi attack near the Israeli Embassy. He would not identify the person or give details on the extent of the injuries.

AFP reported that an Israeli embassy car blew up on Monday in the Indian capital. An Israeli diplomat and one other person were hurt, but it was not immediately known whether the explosion was caused by a bomb, officials said.

The car, which was parked down the street from the Israeli embassy in a high security area of central Delhi, was badly burnt.

Two people were injured when the car exploded, police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat, told AFP, adding there were no details about their condition.

Israeli embassy spokesperson David Goldfarb said that one of the occupants in the car was an Israeli diplomat but declined to identify him.

Series of blasts

A photograph on NDTV television showed the Toyota station wagon engulfed in flames in the middle of the road. Later television footage showed the vehicle burnt out and the area cordoned off by police.

"There was an explosion in an Israeli diplomat's car but we don't know how it happened, Goldfarb said.

"We are in constant contact with the local authorities," he said.

The last militant strike in New Delhi was last September when a bomb outside the High Court killed 14 people - the latest in a series of blasts that has shaken public confidence in the Indian government's counter-terror capabilities.

Experts say Indian security agencies, and in particular the police, suffer from underfunding, a lack of training and poor intelligence gathering and sharing.

The ministry said Israel thwarted a similar attack on an Israeli Embassy vehicle in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The bomb was discovered before it went off.

  • Moss - 2012-02-13 15:28

    Fair enough to Tehran!! Those with glass houses should never through stones

      BA - 2012-02-13 15:40

      It is true that this is probably the work of the disgusting regime of iran. Just shows you the difference in the 2 countries. The one kills a scientist working on the weapon that iran wants to use to destroy it, in his own country, while he is heavily guarded. The other tries (but fails) to kill a soft target in a country other than his own. But yes, you can't battle the massive force of evil of iran without suffering from casualties. It is a pity that Israel is forced to protect herself from a regime so full of hatred, radical islamist imperialism and violent aggression, and that she has to pay a price for protection of her people. Am Yisrael Chai!

      Nosiphom - 2012-02-13 15:58

      @BA have you seen the nuclear weapon Iran is working on or do you just swallow the propaganda from US and Israel. The Nuclear scientinst that was assassinated was working on the Uranium enrichment facility. The is a far cry from developing and building a nuclear warhead and the missile to carry it, and Iran has denied developing nuclear arms. How dare you trust Americans who lied about Iraq and the Weapons of Mass Destruction that we are yet to see!

      Fidel - 2012-02-13 16:50

      @Nosipho Not only that, in future Israel will kill any academic, student or lecturer that is engaged in nuclear studies and destroy all universities that give out these lectures. That is how deranged the zionist fundamentalist inside Israel are, and they have the nerve to shout about mad Mullahs.

  • Jaba - 2012-02-13 18:32

    Attacking a woman's car on her way to pick up her kids from school is not comparable to any attack on an Iranian A-bomb scientists ... then again... what u expect from the Ayatollahs - they don't like women much anyways. funny how Israel takes out Iranians in Iran - but Iran has to travel to India to target an Israeli women... much like the 1 Israeli for 1000 Palestinians exchange... the value of life of the one verses the other can not be debated. The backlash for Iran will come from India, rather than Israel.

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