x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 24 November 2017

Iranian soldiers blamed for Israeli diplomat attack in India

Indian police believe that five members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards carried out an bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi.

NEW DELHI // Indian police believe that five members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards carried out an bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi in February, it emerged yesterday.

They were thought to have worked with a Indian journalist from New Delhi to plan the attack, in which a hitman on a motorbike attached a magnetic bomb to an embassy car.

Interpol had issued international arrest warrants in March for four of the suspects named in the report but yesterday was the first time it was alleged that they were members of the Revolutionary Guards, a section of the Iranian military.

Iran has been given the details of the suspects, the Times of India reported. The newspaper named Houshang Afshar Irani, who lists his profession as builder, as the mastermind of the attack. It also accused him of separate plots to kill Israelis in Thailand and Georgia at around the same time.

Police believe the plotters entered the country on tourist visas and left after the assassination attempt.

In March, the freelance journalist Syed Mohammed Kazmi, an Indian who worked part-time for Iran's news agency IRNA, was arrested in connection with the attack.

A 42-year-old Israeli diplomat, the wife of the defence attache, was badly injured in the attack near the prime minister's residence.

Israel immediately blamed Iran. Analysts speculated that Tehran was retaliating for a series of attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists that have been blamed on the Israeli secret service.