By Rita Joseph
A blame game is under way following an attack on an Israeli embassy staff car in New Delhi yesterday.
Tal Yehoshua Koren, wife of the Israeli defense attache, was critically injured though her driver and two others in a car behind suffered only superficial injuries in the explosion.
The blast at a high-security zone took place just hours after a car bomb was defused near an Israeli mission in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.
Israel has accused Hezbollah and Iran of attacking its diplomats.
Koren, 40, who underwent surgery to remove fragments lodged in her spine and liver, is stable, according to doctors.
“She is stable, she is conscious. We are yet to record her statement,” one doctor said.
Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta said “the Israeli car was targeted, there is no doubt about it.”
He told reporters that an eyewitness saw a motorcyclist attach a “device” to the car before speeding away. Shortly afterwards a deafening blast was heard and the diplomatic car was up in flames, he said.
Security near the Israeli embassy, its consulate in Mumbai and missions of other countries was tightened following the incident, he said.
Iran’s ambassador to India, Mahdi Nabizadeh, in a press statement, denied his country’s involvement.