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    Israel PM blames Iran for embassy car blast in India

    New Delhi: An explosion in an Israeli embassy car in the heart of New Delhi left a diplomat's wife, Tal Yeshova, and three others injured on Monday. While the diplomat's wife was taken into surgery with shrapnel injuries to her spine, the other three suffered superficial injuries.While the blast in the Israel embassy car in the national capital was still afresh, there came reports from Georgia about a similar bombing attempt on an Israel embassy car.Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for the attacks, alleging that terror group Hezbollah was behind the car bombings against Israeli diplomats in both India as well as Georgia.Iran, however, denied accusation that it was involved in the attack.The blast in New Delhi took place in an Innova, owned by the embassy, at 3.16 pm. An Israeli diplomat was inside the car.The explosion was reportedly heard by some Special Protection Group officials posted in the area, which is a high-security zone and has embassies of many other countries and the residences of important leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.Talking about the incident, Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta confirmed that the embassy car was attacked. However, he refused to comment if it was a terror attack.Addressing a press conference in the national capital, Gupta said that the blast was triggered with the help of a device, which according to eyewitnesses was magnetic.The Delhi Police said that the device was placed at the rear of the car by some bike-borne attackers.Meanwhile, Union External Minister S M Krishna spoke to his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman, assuring him that a probe had begun into the incident and that the culprits would be brought to justice."I have just spoken to the Israeli foreign minister and assured him that the law of the land will take its course," Krishna told reporters hours after the incident.Later, speaking to CNN-IBN, Israel Ambassador to India, Alon Ushpiz, blamed the "Iran-sponsored terrorism" for the attacks, adding, "Iran does it all to kill our civilians."He further said that Israel would cooperate with Indian authorities and that they had full cooperation in relationship with India."We have full faith on the Indian security forces… we have full cooperation of the Indian authorities," said Ushpiz.Meanwhile, according to a preliminary investigation into the incident, the attackers used low-grade explosive material, including sulphur and potassium chlorate with sulphuric acid to detonate the blast.Hours after the blast, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the attack.She said, "I condemn the bombing of an Israeli diplomatic vehicle in India and the attempted attack in Georgia."