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Israeli Terror Victim Partially Paralyzed

India said Tuesday that Tal Yehoshua-Koren, wounded in the terrorist attack in India, suffers from partial paralysis but may recover.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 2/14/2012, 12:40 PM

Indian hospital officials said Tuesday that Tal Yehoshua-Koren, wounded in the terrorist attack in India, suffers from partial paralysis in her legs but may recover.

She underwent surgery Monday night and is expected to remain under anesthesia for two days, when doctors will decide on whether to send her to Israel or keep her in India for further treatment. Doctors said her condition has improved, and it is now defined as moderate.

The attack took place next to the Israeli embassy, and a video camera caught the attacker's motorcycle on film but its license number was not clear. He was wearing a red helmet when he attached a magnetic bomb to the vehicle of Yehoshua-Koren, who fled the car just before it exploded.

The United States has condemned the bombing in India, and another one at the same time in Georgia, but refrained from joining Israel in pointing to Iran as being responsible.

"The scourge of terrorism is an affront to the entire international community," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday. “The United States places a high priority on the safety and security of diplomatic personnel around the world and we stand ready to assist with any investigation of these cowardly actions.”

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters that they should wait for India and Georgia to investigate the attacks before she could make a statement on accusations against Iran. She added that the American government’s participating in the investigations “will depend on whether either of those governments asks for our assistance, and I don’t think we’re there yet."

Concerning the possibility that Al Qaeda was involved, as it was in the mega-attack in Mumbai more than three years ago, she said, “I think I just said that we’re going to await the investigations, which we expect will be led by the host countries.”

Indian police said that the attack was well-planned and that the terrorist cell included observers who conducted surveillance on the targeted vehicle.

Intelligence officials said they suspect Iran was involved.