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Car bomb: Overnight raids in Delhi

Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 09:50

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Security agencies probing the bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat`s car on Monday have conducted overnight raids at several places in the national capital and rounded several suspects possibly involved in the incident.

Despite no major breakthrough in the case, the investigators believe the red-bike borne planter could be a person of Indian origin, who might have been hired for the purpose.

The investigators are also working on another theory that suggests the sticky bomb used for blowing the Israeli diplomat’s vehicles could have been made locally.

Delhi Police, which yesterday ruled out the use of RDX in the attack, said that only 250-300 gms of explosive were used that further suggests that it was a low-intensity blast.

The investigators have also reached a conclusion that the woman diplomat, who was injured in the attack, was not the specific target. They believe any vehicle coming out of the Israeli embassy could have been their target as the assailants wanted to cause maximum damage to the Jewish state.

The use of magnetic bomb or sticky bomb has become a major cause of concern for investigators and security agencies as it is easy to assemble, carry them and avoid being detected.
The explosion on Monday took place just a few feet away from the highly guarded residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that injured four people, including an Israeli diplomat`s wife who was in the SUV.

Tel Aviv has accused Iran for commissioning the attack.

However, New Delhi has so far refused to pinpoint Iran for the Israeli car bomb blast, as it has no specific evidence pointing to the involvement of individual, entity, organisation or country in the attack.
Meanwhile, a team of Israeli forensic experts was yesterday allowed access to the remains of the SUV. Later in the evening, the Israeli ambassador met Foreign Minister SM Krishna and said, "The meeting was a very good one. It is just another shining example of support, friendship and intimacy that we have been lucky to be exposed to in the last 48 hours since this very saddening vicious terrorist attack on one of our people took place here in the heart of New Delhi."

Delhi Police suspects that a red motorcycle found abandoned in South Delhi`s Lado Sarai area may have been the bike involved in the attack, though security cameras from a private home in the area did not capture either the biker`s face or the license plate of the two-wheeler.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 09:36
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