Indian police inspect bombed car in New Delhi 390 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma)
Tal Yehoshua-Koren, the wife of an Israeli diplomat injured in a terror attack
in New Delhi on Monday, gave her testimony on the incident to Indian
investigators before leaving for Israel in an air ambulance on Friday, The Times
of India reported.
Koren landed in Israel just before midnight on Friday
and was taken to Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv.
According to the
report, Koren told Indian police that a bomber wearing black clothes and riding
a black motorcycle stuck the bomb on the vehicle and that it exploded only 30 or
40 seconds later. A motorcyclist planted the bomb on Yehoshua- Koren’s car at a
traffic light, a short distance from the Israeli embassy and the Indian prime
“I saw a biker close to my car when I was going to
the American embassy. There was a push on the car from behind and I saw the
I thought the biker had touched the car. I even lowered the
windowpanes to say something to him but he escaped by then,” the Times
Koren as saying.
Officials told the Times
that Koren’s testimony could
change their assumptions that the bomb was a low-intensity incendiary device
that explodes in three to five seconds. They added that a bomb that took longer
to explode would likely have a timer or remote device.
“We have to take a
re-look at all our theories,” one official said.
The officials told the
that Koren’s description of the suspect was different than that which they
had been relying on – that the bomber was on a red bike wearing a brown
Mossad agents visited the scene of the blast on Friday to reenact
the attack, according to the report.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
phoned Yehoshua-Koren in the hospital and praised her for her courage in
extracting herself from the car.
“All of Israel is thankful that you
succeeded in getting out of that alive, and we are happy you are with us,” he
Yehoshua-Koren thanked Netanyahu for his phone call and said she
felt better and “wanted to thank everyone for their support,” according to a
statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office.
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