Washington, Mar. 13 - Indian news outlets are reporting that police in New Delhi have established that an Iranian spy was behind the February 13 car blast which injured the wife of an Israeli diplomat.
Citing sources in the country’s security establishment, the Indian paper the Economic Times wrote today (Mar. 13) that Syed Mohammad Kazmi, a freelance journalist who had been in contact with an Iranian intelligence officer and even visited Iran, was arrested by Delhi police last week in connection with the car bomb that injured Tal Yehoshua Koren, the wife of diplomat working in the Israeli Defense attaché office there.
Koren was entering a diplomatic vehicle near the Indian Prime Minister’s residence when a bomb thrown by a passing motorcyclist exploded, moderately wounding the woman. Indian police said the attacker had been in contact with Kazmi. The attack came on the same day a bomb was discovered on a diplomat’s car in Tbsili, Georgia, and a day before three Iranians accidently blew up their house in Thailand.
Israeli authorities have said that the explosives in Bangkok were meant for an attack on Israeli diplomats, and all three cases are linked by many similarities and can be traced back to Iranian operatives.
Additionally, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak had apparently been targeted for assassination during his trip to Southeast Asia in mid-February by Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists who were arrested beforehand by Singaporean authorities, a report in a Kuwaiti newspaper said.
The U.S. State Department has designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. State Department since 1984. In its latest report, issued last April, the department said: “Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2010. Iran’s financial, material, and logistic support for terrorist and militant groups throughout the Middle East and Central Asia had a direct impact on international efforts to promote peace, threatened economic stability in the Gulf, and undermined the growth of democracy.”
Iran is under severe U.N. and international sanctions aimed at forcing the Islamic Republic to halt its nuclear weapons program. Iran is a major supplier of India’ oil, accounting for 12 percent of its energy needs.
India has rebutted criticism for its growing economic ties with Iran, saying it is not bound by sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union.