The Israeli prime minister has accused Iran of being behind car bombings in India and Georgia. Explosive devices were attached to cars belonging to the Israeli embassies in Tbilisi and New Delhi.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has labeled Iran “the world’s top initiator of terror,” claiming the bombs in New Delhi and Tbilisi are not the first attack against Israeli citizens coming from Iran.
“We have seen attempts to hurt Israelis in Azerbaijan and in Thailand [over the past few months]. All of these incidents were stopped with the help of local [authorities],” he added.
In all of the recent attempts “Iran and its proxy Hezbollah was behind the attacks,” Netanyahu said.
Iranianofficials deny the accusations coming from Israel. “We categorically reject the accusations. They are part of a propaganda war,” Ramin Mehmanparast. “Iran condemns all acts of terrorism,” he added.
But there is speculation the attacks were a revenge for the murder of Iranian nuclear scientists.
Four people are confirmed injured in the India attack. They are currently in hospital. A bomb was defused in Tbilisi.
Earlier on Monday Israeli foreign minister said they know who to punish for the bombings: “We know exactly who is responsible for the attack and who planned it and we’re not going to take it lying down. We deal with it every day. We know how to identify exactly who is responsible for the attack and who carried it out.” He added: “It just shows that Israel and its citizens face terror inside and outside of Israel.”
“We will continue to work with local security forces to stop attacks and will act with a strong hand” and systematically fight international terror, “which comes from Iran” said Avigdor Liberman.
The double attack comes one day after the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah’s deputy leader Imad Mughniyah.
Ahead of the February 12 anniversary, Israeli foreign missions were put on high alert. The embassies were reported to be well-secured.
Last year Israeli embassies around the world received several suspected terror threats on the third anniversary of Mughniyah’s death.