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(photo credit: Reuters)
NEW DELHI – Investigations into Monday’s “sticky bomb” terrorist attack on
Israeli Embassy staffer Tal Yehoshua-Koren, wife of the defense attaché, have
yet to make any substantial headway.
The person who planted the “sticky
bomb” on Yehoshua-Koren’s car was riding a red motorcycle.
the police were alerted by residents of a south Delhi neighborhood who had
spotted an abandoned red motorcycle in a park.
A second abandoned
motorcycle was found in Connaught Place, in the heart of New Delhi.
first motorcycle had been resold thrice. Police are questioning the last
owner. The second motorcycle has been described as a “stolen vehicle.” Forensic
experts are examining the vehicles to check whether either could have been used
for the attack.
There had been confusion over the sequence of events
leading to the explosion and resultant fire that engulfed the car in which
Yehoshua-Koren was traveling. Now she has described what happened, reconciling
the conflicting reports.
According to highly placed sources, Yehoshua-
Koren, recovering from injuries and emergency surgery in a Delhi hospital, said
that she heard and felt a thud in the rear of the car as it slowed down at a
traffic light. She thought another vehicle had hit the car (Delhi roads are
infamous for reckless drivers, especially motorcyclists) and rolled down the
window to yell at the miscreant.
As she did so, a motorcyclist zipped
past her car, hit a post, turned left and sped away.
The next moment
there was a huge explosion followed by a blaze. Yehoshua-Koren suffered shrapnel
wounds. Her Indian driver, Manoj Sharma, also injured and bleeding, unstrapped
his seat belt, dragged Yehoshua-Koren out, put her in an auto-rickshaw and raced
back to the nearby embassy.
This sequence of events has ruled out the
possibility that the bomb was placed on the car earlier in the day. There was
speculation in Indian newspapers that the explosive device may have been planted
while the car waited for Yehoshua- Koren at Khan Market, a fashionable shopping
arcade near the embassy frequented by diplomats.
Delhi Police said
forensic tests on the car have revealed traces of potassium chlorate and
Findings suggest that the sticky bomb may have weighed 250 to
Indian security agencies are in contact with their
counterparts in Georgia and Thailand, where similar attacks on Israelis were
attempted in the past three days. India has sought details of investigators’
findings in those countries. The records of all Iranians living in Delhi are
Israel’s Ambassador Alon Ushpiz met India’s Foreign
Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday to compare notes on the attack. Ushpiz has
sought increased security for the Israeli mission and its staff. He has been
promised all possible assistance and security.
The government of India
has agreed to Israel sending a team of investigators, including forensic
experts, to Delhi. “India would welcome them,” Krishna told Ushpiz.
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