Israeli diplomats were targeted by bombers in India and Georgia Monday, in two almost-simultaneous strikes. A diplomat’s wife and her driver were wounded in a car bombing in New Delhi, officials said. In Georgia, the device was discovered before it went off, thwarting the car bombing.
Joji Philip Thomas, an editor at the Economic Times in New Delhi, was at the scene in Delhi when the explosion happened. Thomas tweeted photos of the car in flames, and wrote that he saw the diplomat’s wife thrown from the vehicle. See his tweets below.
While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion has fallen on Iran and on Hezbollah, both of which have deep-seated grievances against Israel. Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of a 2008 assassination of one of Hezbollah’s commanders, believed to have been carried out by Israel. Every year at this time, Israel is on high alert for possible retaliation attacks.
Indian television station NewsXLive has this report on the blast:
Correction: An earlier version of this posted stated that it was the fifth anniversity of the 2008 assassination of a Hezbollah commander. It is the fourth. This version has been corrected.
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