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Mon February 13, 2012
Israeli Blames Iran For Twin Attacks On Diplomats
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasted no time in pointing the finger at Iran for the explosion of a diplomat's vehicle in India and an alleged attempted car bombing in Georgia.
In the Indian capital, New Delhi, a passing motorcycle allegedly pulled up alongside the vehicle of the diplomat, described by The Hindustan Times as the Israeli embassy's administrative attache. The motorcycle driver may have "placed 'something' in the rear of the car when it stopped at a traffic signal," the Indian newspaper reported. Meanwhile, a car bomb in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, was defused, officials said.
The explosion in India injured four people, one of the diplomat, according to the BBC. But The Hindustan Times said there were conflicting reports from witnesses to the blast, some of whom indicated the vehicle's natural gas cylinder may have been the cause of the explosion.
The Israeli prime minister, however, expressed certainty that the explosion in New Delhi, as well as the defused car bomb in Georgia, were the work of Iran and its proxies.
"Today we witnessed two attempts of terrorism against innocent civilians," Netanyahu told lawmakers from his Likud Party. "Iran is behind these attacks and it is the largest terror exporter in the world."
He said similar attempted attacks in Azerbaijan and Thailand had been thwarted in recent weeks and that: "In all those cases, the elements behind these attacks were Iran and its protege, Hezbollah."
Netanyahu vowed "a strong hand against international terror."