'Iran was involved in bomb plots on Israeli envoys'

Multinational investigation produces evidence that Iran was behind planned attack in India, Thailand, Georgia 'The Guardian' reports.

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June 18, 2012 10:47
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Indian police inspect bombed car in New Delhi 390 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma)

 
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Evidence that Iran was involved in bomb plots against Israeli envoys earlier in the year has emerged from a multinational probe, British newspaper The Guardian reported Monday.

In February, Israel ambassadors were the targets of planned terror attacks in India, Thailand and Georgia.

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According to the report, local Indian agencies informed ministers that a bomb attack in New Dehli, which injured the wife of the Israeli embassy's chief security officer, was orchestrated by a an Iranian "security entity."   

The Guardian stated that European intelligence officials had told the newspaper that "they now found it difficult to judge Tehran's 'risk calculus.'"

"Until recently it was possible to see why they were doing what they have been doing ... Now it has become very unpredictable. It's very hard to see the logic behind [the February bombings], other than perhaps to demonstrate an ability to cause problems in the event of war or a desire for revenge of some kind," The Guardian quoted an intelligence official as saying.

According to the report, a combination of police evidence, witness statements and court documents seen by The Guardian illustrates that the three attacks were "conducted by a well coordinated network of about a dozen Iranians and prepared over at least 10 months."

The evidence mentioned by The Guardian comprises the identification of at least 10 Iranians suspected of involvement in the plots, money transfers to "key individuals" from Iran, the detection of Iranian phone connections and a flight of suspects to Iran after the attacks.

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Following the attacks, Thai security authorities announced that they had discovered a “direct connection” linking the attacks against Israeli diplomats in Georgia and India with an Iranian terrorist cell apprehended in Bangkok.  

The cell, which consisted of three Iranian nationals, intended to target Israeli diplomats, Thai Police Chief Prewpan Dhamapong said at the time.

Yaakov Katz contributed to this report

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