New Delhi car blast
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India terror attack: 5 arrested, 'suspicious motorcycle' found

India Today reports security camera footage showed suspects 'loitering around' Israeli diplomat's vehicle before explosions; TV networks says police trying to verify if red motorbike found in city's Lado Sarai area was used to stick bomb on Israeli car

New Delhi police have arrested five suspects in connection with Monday's terror attack in which the wife of an Israeli envoy was injured, India Today reported Wednesday.


New Delhi police officials did not reveal the suspects' identities or indicate whether they were tied to Iran or Hezbollah.


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Security camera footage obtained from the Khan Market area, which is a hotspot for foreign nationals, showed the suspects "loitering around" the Israeli embassy car, according to the report.


One of the detainees works for a delivery service company, the newspaper said.


"אנשי מוסד משתתפים בחקירת הפיגוע". הרכב שפוצץ בניו דלהי (צילום: AP)

Bombed car in New Delhi (Photo: AP)


An initial probe into the attack revealed that Tal Yehoshua Koren, the wife of an Israeli Defense Ministry attaché at the embassy in New Delhi, left the embassy with her driver after a day of work at the mission in order to pick up her children from school. The explosion took place a short while before she arrived at the school, apparently after a bomb was attached to the vehicle.


"תכננו לפגוע בשגריר הישראלי". שלושת המחבלים האיראנים (צילום: רויטרס)

Iranians suspected of involvement in failed Bangkok attack (Photo: Reuters) 


Koren managed to call the embassy and report that "the vehicle exploded," before being evacuated to a local hospital in a rickshaw. Officials said she suffered shrapnel wounds to her lower body. The driver of the vehicle was also hurt in the blast.


Indian police officials said security camera footage revealed the face of the attacker who allegedly attached the bomb to the rear of the car. They said the footage showed the attacker carrying a bag and the explosive that was stuck to the car.


Meanwhile, the New Delhi-based NDTV network reported that local police have found a red motorbike in the city's Lado Sarai area and are trying to verify if it was the one used to stick a bomb on the Israeli car.


The television network quoted investigators as saying that a "very well-trained" person on a motorcycle drove up to the Toyota Innova car and attached a device to it while it was waiting at a traffic intersection. The car exploded within seconds, injuring four people, including the Israeli diplomat's wife.


The Hindustan Times reported that "a team from Israel" was due to arrive in New Delhi on Wednesday to examine the bombed vehicle.


Israel accused Iran and Hezbollah of orchestrating the terror attack in India and the failed attack in Tbilisi, Georgia. The attacks were carried out on the fourth anniversary of the assassination of senior Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh.


Tehran and Hezbollah said Israel's Mossad was behind the arch-terrorist's death.


Also Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the recent terror attacks in Georgia, Thailand and India, saying that "Iran is the biggest exporter of terror in the world. In recent days Iran's terrorist activities have been exposed for the world to see.


"Iran is destabilizing global security and hurting innocent diplomats in several countries. The world must condemn Iran's terror acts and declare its red lines in the face of Iranian aggression," he said, adding "such aggression will eventually spread to many countries."


Moran Azulay contributed to the report



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