Car Bombs in India and Georgia Targeted Israeli Officials
Israel has confirmed that a car bomb that went off at its embassy in New Delhi was targeting one of its diplomats, while another bomb near its embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia has been defused.
Update 11:00 a.m.: Iran's ambassador to India has denied claims that Iran was behind the attacks, reports the AP.
Update 9:30 a.m. : The AP is reporting that Israel's Prime Minister has blamed the car bomb that went off in New Delhi and attempted bombing in Georgia on Iran. "In all those cases, the elements behind these attacks were Iran and its protege Hezbollah," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a BBC report Monday. The report adds that Israel's Foreign Ministry said it would be able to track down the people responsible for the bombs.
Original: Israel has confirmed that a car bomb that went off at its embassy in New Delhi was targeting one of its diplomats, while another bomb near its embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia has been defused. Details are still coming in about the New Delhi blast, and according to the AP, the driver and the diplomat's wife were injured in the blast. Yaakov Katz, military correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, notes that the timing might be symbolic as today's bombs come one day after the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah military chief Imad Mughniyeh. Katz wrote last month that Israel had been on high alert for weeks now, and had actually issued a warning to Hezbollah about possible terror attacks this day.
According to the AP, the car bomb in Georgia was found around 200 yards from Israel's embassy. The Israeli embassy in Tbilisi hasn't commented on the attempted bombing yet. We'll keep this post updated as we learn of the details.