Daily Israel Report

Video: India Suspects Iran Behind Attack on Israeli

Indian intelligence officials suspect Iran used local terrorists to attack an Israeli diplomat’s car Monday, the Times of India reports.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 2/14/2012, 8:33 AM

Indian intelligence officials suspect that Iran used local terrorists to attack an Israeli diplomat’s car Monday, the Times of India reports.

Tal Yehoshua-Koren, the wife of an Israeli diplomatic, escaped death but suffered serious wounds after rushing out of the car when she spotted a motorcyclist attaching a device to her vehicle.

All signs point to Iran:

-- The attack was carried out on the anniversary of the elimination of Imad Mughniyeh, who was the mastermind of the Hizbullah terrorist organization that is heavily financed by Iran;

-- The method of the attack was a copycat of that used by alleged Mossad-backed agents in Iran against nuclear scientists;

-- Israel recently informed Indian intelligence officials that sympathizers with Iran were likely to target Israelis; and

There are plenty of Indian Lashkar Muslims “who despite their loathing of Shias, are unremitting in their animosity towards Israel,” the Times of India reported.

The Israeli vehicle was attacked through the use of a magnetic bomb that was attached to the car by a motorcyclist, the same way at least three nuclear scientists in Iran have been targeted in the past two years.

Iran apparently has learned the method and used it on Monday in India, the first time the country has been used to target foreign officials.

The Islamic Republic’s religious leader Ali Khamenei previously has said that Tehran would gladly "support anybody globally who takes action against the Zionist entity.”

The attack on the car took place only several hundred feet from the official residence of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and India has beefed up security since the attempted murder of Yehoshua-Koren.