Israeli diplomat injured by car bomb in New Delhi

JTA

JERUSALEM — An Israeli diplomat in New Delhi was injured by a car bomb, and a second bomb was disabled in a staff member’s car at the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Monday’s attacks came the day after the February 12th anniversary of the assassination of the operational chief of Hezbollah, Imad Mughniyeh. Mughniyeh was killed four years ago in Damascus by a car bomb. Hezbollah blames his killing on Israel. Israeli embassies and other missions had been on high alert in advance of the anniversary.

Immediately after reports of the blast, the Jerusalem Post reported that the injured woman in New Delhi was the wife of an Israeli diplomat. The bomb was either planted under the car, or was stuck on to the car by a passing motorcycle, according to the newspaper, citing local authorities.

A local staff member of the embassy in Georgia discovered a bomb attached to the underside of his car and called police, who disabled the bomb.

“This just means that the State of Israel and its citizens face a daily threat of terror, both physical and diplomatic. We know exactly who is responsible for the attack and who planned it and we’re not going to take it lying down,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in response to reports of the blast. .

Last month, 400 boxes of bomb-making material were found hidden in boxes for electric fans in a shop near Bangkok. Police learned of the cache from a Lebanese man arrested Jan. 13 who was alleged to be working with Hezbollah to plan a bombing attack. He told Thai police that the material was to be smuggled out of Thailand and used in an attack in another country.

 

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