New Delhi police announced on Wednesday that they have charged Indian journalist Syed Mohammad Kazmi with facilitating and planning the February New Delhi terrorist bombing which injured Tal Yehoshua Koren, wife of an Israel Defense Ministry employee in New Delhi.
The Times of India reported that New Delhi police have asked for legal assistance from five countries including Israel and Iran. According to the indictment, Kazmi served as a mediator between the planners and the actual perpetrators of the bombing and was in on the plot from day one.
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New Delhi police denied a Tuesday report claiming it assumed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards branch was involved in the Delhi attack. According to the earlier report, Indian police concluded that on January 11, 2011 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards conspired with Kazmi to attack Israeli diplomats in India after the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists which Iran claims was carried out by Israel.
Terrorist attack near Israeli embassy in New Delhi (Photo: AFP)
Kazmi has been charged that during May 2011 he contacted the four Iranian nationals who carried out the Delhi attack, and that he discussed a visit to Iran he made this year, and also received payments from them. Indian police adds Kazmi was paid to track Israeli targets and plan the attacks along with the Iranians. "Kazmi was an instrument in the hands of the perpetrators who tried to gather intelligence about the Israeli Embassy," says the Police Indictment.
According to the Times of India, one of the Iranian nationals fled to Malaysia after the attack, fearing arrest. Two others are in Iran, and the New Delhi police plan to visit Iran in order to locate them.
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