Diplomatic channels involved in Israeli car blast?

In a significant development in the probe into Israeli embassy car blast case, highly placed sources said on Wednesday that diplomatic channels may have been used to bring in explosives used in the attack.

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2012, 13:57 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: In a significant development in the probe into Israeli embassy car blast case, highly placed sources said on Wednesday that diplomatic channels may have been used to bring in explosives used in the attack.

Sources said it was possible that the explosive used in the blast may have been sent through diplomatic channels as embassy officials and diplomats are exempted from security checks in India.

The development raises suspicion that very highly placed officials in Iran may have been involved in the plot.

Already, the Delhi Police have established that three Iranians were involved in the February 13 attack on the Israeli embassy car in which a woman diplomat was injured.

Interpol on Wednesday issued a Red Corner notice against the three Iranians - Houshang Afshar Irani, Seyed Ali Mahdiansadr, Mohammadreza Abolghasemi, all in their late 30s.

A Delhi court had already issued non-bailable arrest warrants against the three, one of whom has links with the main accused in the February 14 Bangkok blasts.

According to the Delhi Police, Irani - the man who stuck the explosive on the Israeli embassy car - had left the city on the same day for Malaysia, while the other two had left the city two days before the blast.

Irani, who had come twice to Delhi, was in touch with Sedaghatzadeh Masoud, the operational head in the February 14 Bangkok blasts, who was arrested from Malaysia the next day after the arrest of his associates Moradi Saeid and Mohammed Khazaei in the same case.

The information was revealed by arrested Indian journalist Sayed Mohammed Ahmed Kazmi, 52, who was arrested by the special cell of Delhi Police on March 6 in South Delhi`s Lodhi Road area in connection with the case.

On February 13, four people were injured when an Israeli embassy car was struck by a bomb near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi.

Tal Yehoshua Koren, wife of the Israeli defence attache, suffered multiple injuries when a motorcycle rider attached a magnetic explosive device to her car and sped away. Within seconds, the device exploded with a thunderous sound, setting the car on fire.