The Iranian Revolutionary Guard was behind the February terrorist attack on the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, an investigation by India Police has found.
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In the incident, which took place on February 13, 2012, Tali Yehoshua-Koren, the wife of the Defense Ministry's representative to India, was injured.
The Times of India newspaper, which published the findings of the investigation, reported that members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard began speaking with Indian journalist Syed Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi about the possibility of carrying out an attack against Israeli diplomats in New Delhi as early as February 2011, over a year before the attack. At the time, a number of Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated, and Tehran blamed Israel for the deaths.
The investigation found that Kazmi, who is so far the only person who has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attack, had been in contact with the Iranian regime for at least ten years.
Indian security forces have tried in recent months to get information from the Iranians about a number of Iranian citizens that are suspected of being involved. India Police has sent detailed letters to Iran asking for help in the investigation, although to date Iran has not cooperated.
The Indians gave the Iranians a list of five people that are suspected of belonging to the Revolutionary Guard. According to the report in the Indian newspaper, the main suspect in the attack is Houshang Afshar Irani. Irani says he is a professional builder, although he acted as the motorcyclist who attached the bomb to the car of the Israeli embassy representative in the attack.
Another suspect is Sedaghatzadeh Masoud, who commanded the cell that carried out the attack. India Police identified Masoud as a sales person in a Tehran-based company. According to suspicions, he was a planner of a wave of attacks in New Delhi, Bangkok and Tbilisi.
India Police identified a number of other suspects involved in the attack, Syed Ali Mahdiansadr, the owner of a Tehran cell-phone shop, Mohammad Reza Abolghasemi, a Tehran government clerk, and Ali Akbar Norouzishayan, a retired accountant from Iran's capital.
Another suspect is Leila Rohani, who is also suspected of being involved in the attack in New Delhi, as well as Bangkok, and has managed an escape to Iran to avoid arrest.