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Delhi car bomb was remote-controlled: Sources

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 12:03

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: A day after an Israeli embassy car was targeted here in a terror attack blamed on Iran and its "proxy" Hezbollah by Tel Aviv, the Indian government has convened a high-level meeting on Tuesday to assess the situation.

Also, sleuths of Israeli spy agency, Mossad have arrived in the national capital to assist in the probe into the car bomb that injured four, including an Israeli woman diplomat whose condition is said to be ‘critical but stable’.

Israel is also believed to have handed over a list of suspects to New Delhi, as per reports.

Home Minister P Chidambaram is expected to issue a statement around noon on the progress in the attack probe. Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta is currently at the Home Ministry.

Indian intelligence agencies, meanwhile, are looking for clues to identify those behind the attack. Forensic examination of the samples collected from the attack site are also underway.

The footage obtained from CCTV cameras installed in the area is being examined for clues about the motorcycle-borne attacker who is believed to have been tailing the diplomat’s car.

According to investigations so far and based on eyewitness accounts, police believe a bomb with a magnetic base was possibly used to carry out the attack.

Sources said a 5x8 inch metal plate with a chip has been recovered from the blast site. It also has a handle attached to it.

Police sources also said that the attacker had a remote with him which he used to detonate the bomb.

Sources said while the exact nature of the explosive material used in the attack is yet to be ascertained, the use of RDX or a nitrate-based compound could not be ruled out.

There are also reports that a foreign, sophisticated incendiary device was possibly used in the car bomb, something which Indian agencies have never encountered before.

First Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 09:28

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