Witnesses in New Delhi say motorcyclist attached bomb to Israeli's car
Tali Yehoshua-Koren, wife of the Defense Ministry's representative to India, was moderately injured outside Israel's embassy in the Indian capital; suspected attack comes with attempted attack in Georgian capital of Tbilisi.
Witnesses in New Delhi say the bomb that moderately injured the wife of an Israeli diplomat on Monday was attached to her car by a man driving a motorcycle, India's police chief told reporters.
Tali Yehoshua-Koren, wife of the Defense Ministry's representative to India, was taken to the American Hospital in the city after being wounded by shrapnel, and a decision whether to transport her to Israel is expected to be made in the next few hours.
India's Foreign Minister SM Krishna called his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman and told him an investigation has been launched, and that India will provide the Israeli embassy and diplomats with all necessary security measures. He added that India strongly condemns the attack and that the perpetrators will be caught and brought to justice.
The incident came one day after the fourth anniversary marking the assassination of Hezbollah's deputy leader, Imad Mughniyah, which the Islamist organization blames on Israel.
Also on Monday, a Georgian worker employed by the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi alerted police after noticing a strange object attached to a car assigned to the Israeli envoy to the country.
Israeli embassies have been put on high alert around the time of the anniversary of Mughniyah's assassination in 2008, fearing Hezbollah retribution over the Damascus attack against the group's the military leader they attribute to Israeli.
According to the report by Real TV, Gerber's driver Roman Khachaturian discovered a black plastic bag attached to the car's bottom. He then notified police, with local officers dismantling the bag and finding an explosive device comprised of a hand-grenade.
The charge was then neutralized, with the car transferred to closer examinations by Israeli security officials.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement that she condemns the attacks "in the strongest possible terms," and that "the scourge of terrorism is an affront to the entire international community."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured personnel in New Delhi and their loved ones," the statement read.
Asked by Haaretz whether the U.S. administration has any concerns about possible Israeli retaliation, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: "We do not want to jump to conclusions. The Indians are investigating the incident in New Delhi, Georgians in Tbilisi. The question whether we will assist will depend on whether these two governments will ask for assistance."
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