Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday, Feb. 12: “We know exactly who was responsible for the two attacks on Israeli officials abroad and they will not go unanswered.” He was responding two attacks on Israeli officials Monday by bombs attached to their cars. One blew up in New Delhi, injuring Talya Yehushua-Koren, wife of the Defense Ministry representative in India and three others. The other one was discovered before it exploded by the car’s owner, a local embassy employee in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Israeli diplomats and foreign officials were ordered to stop using their own vehicles and be extra-vigilant after the two attacks.
The Innova SUV car bearing diplomatic number 109 CD 35 went up in flames after it exploded near a petrol pump, meters away from 7 Race Course Road – the Indian Prime Minister’s residence. Another car in the vicinity was also damaged. The Indian police cordoned off the area and declared a terror alert.
According to unconfirmed reports, the car was tailed by two men on a motorcycle. The man riding pillion threw in ‘something’, following which there was an explosion in the car. According to another report the explosion was remotely detonated.
In the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, a bomb attached to the car of a local Israeli embassy employee was discovered and defused before it exploded.
It is not known if the bomb was rigged to kill the employee or to blow up remotely against the embassy building after the vehicle was driven into the compound.
Sunday, Feb. 11, was the fourth anniversary of the death of Hizballah’s commander Imad Mughniye in Damascus. Tehran is marking the first anniversary of the assassinations of two of its nuclear scientists. Both attribute the attacks to Israel and have sworn vengeance.
Our counter-terror sources report that the attacks on Israeli officials used the same sticky (magentic) bomb method as was used to kill the Iranian scientists.
In the past month attacks on Israeli embassies in Thailand and Azerbaijan were thwarted with the help of local counter terror authorities’ cooperation.