“Azerbaijan officials said they uncovered an Iranian-linked Muslim gang that plotted to assassinate Chabad rabbis and others in Baku. The rabbis teach at the Chabad Jewish school in Baku.”
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In this television frame grab taken from NDTV, investigators are seen gathered at the site where an Israeli embassy car exploded Monday in New Delhi. NDTV via AFP/Getty Images
In this television frame grab taken from NDTV, investigators are seen gathered at the site where an Israeli embassy car exploded Monday in New Delhi.
JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel’s prime minister has accused Iran of being behind a pair of car bombings against Israeli diplomatic targets in India and Georgia.
Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of lawmakers from his Likud Party on Monday that he believed the Iranians were responsible for the attacks in New Delhi and Tbilisi. Two people were wounded in India and the bomb in Georgia was discovered before it went off.
Netanyahu said Israel has thwarted other attacks in recent months in Azerbaijan, Thailand and elsewhere.
“In all those cases, the elements behind these attacks were Iran and its protege Hezbollah,” he said.
Iran has accused Israel of involvement in a series of killings of officials and scientists involved in its controversial nuclear program.
Monday afternoon, an explosion tore through an Israeli diplomat’s car on the streets of New Delhi, Israeli officials said. The driver and a diplomat’s wife were injured, according to Indian officials.
The explosion took place close to the embassy, said embassy spokesman David Goldfarb.
Television footage showed a charred minivan with blue diplomatic plates, its rear door apparently blown out.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor would not discuss who was injured nor the extent of the injuries because it was a security matter.
“We are looking into the incident and cooperation with local security forces is excellent,” Palmor said, from Israel.
Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said two people were wounded, the driver and the wife of an Israeli diplomat.
“They are in the hospital and being tended to,” he said.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry said an attempted car bombing in Georgia was thwarted. The bomb in Tbilisi was discovered before it went off.
Shota Uitashvili, spokesman for the Georgian Interior Ministry, said the driver noticed a package attached to his car’s undercarriage on Monday and called police.
Police found a grenade in the package and it was defused, Utiashvili said.
He said the car was in a parking lot about 200 yards from the embassy, where the driver had parked it in the morning after coming from his home.
It was not immediately clear where the bomb was attached to the car.
The Israeli Embassy in Tbilisi declined comment.