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Bombed embassy car
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India terror victim: I saw cyclist prior to blast

Tal Yehoshua Koren, who was injured in New Delhi bombing, tells cops she saw terrorist seconds before blast

Tal Yehoshua Koren, the diplomat's wife who was injured in in a terror attack in New Delhi on Monday, told local police that she saw the motorcyclist who attached a bomb to her car less than a minute before the blast went off, The India Times reported Friday.


The report cited a senior official as saying that Yehoshua Koren was confident while giving her statement.


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"There was a push on the car from behind and I saw the biker," Yehoshua Koren was quoted as saying. "I thought the biker had touched the car. I even lowered the window to say something to him but he escaped by then."


The envoy's wife said that the bomb went off only 30-40 seconds after she felt the impact.

זירת הפיגוע בניו-דלהי, השבוע (צילום: AP) 

Scene of attack (Photo: AP)


Yehoshua Koren, the wife of Alon Yehoshua, a Defense Ministry attaché to the Israeli embassy in the Indian capital, was on her way to pick up her kids on Monday afternoon when the bombing occurred. She sustained shrapnel wounds and had to undergo surgery. The car's driver was hurt as well.


Testimony changes course of probe 

According to the report, when the police asked her whether she was able to see the biker's face, Yehoshua Koren said, "As I remember, the biker was wearing a black helmet and black clothes. I think the bike he was riding was also a black one."


She could not identify the make of the bike, or any other details about it.



Yehoshua Koren said that she did not notice whether the motorcyclist was following her from the moment she left the embassy.


On Friday, she was discharged from the hospital in New Delhi, and boarded a flight to Israel with her family. Upon arriving she was immediately taken to the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv for continued treatment.

כך נראתה המכונית אחרי הפיצוץ (צילום: AP) 

Embassy car targeted (Photo: AP)


According to the report, the local investigators said that Yehoshua Koren's testimony has changed the course of the investigation.


"CCTV footages from the entire New Delhi district would be rechecked now to track the black bikes," a source said.


The newspaper also reported that a Mossad team, along with local cops, visited the site of the blast on Friday to recreate the incident. 




פרסום ראשון: 02.18.12, 00:47
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