Delhi police identify Iranians linked to car bombing (JERUSALEM POST) By KANCHAN GUPTA AND JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT 03/16/12)
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NEW DELHI – The Delhi Police’s Special Cell has identified three
Iranians as those responsible for the February 13 bombing of an
Israeli Embassy car in which Tal Yehoshua Koren, wife of the Israeli
defense attaché, was wounded.
Non-bailable warrants have been secured against Housan Afshar, Syed
Ali Mehdi Sadr and Mohammed Reza Abolghasemi, all Iranian nationals.
Armed with those warrants, Delhi Police has approached Interpol to
issue “Red Corner” notices – international arrest warrants – against
Afshar is believed to have placed the “sticky bomb” on the car when
it slowed down at a traffic light a short distance from the Israeli
Embassy and the Indian prime minister’s residence on February 13.
Sadr and Abolghasemi are believed to be the co-conspirators who fine-
tuned the attack.
Sources said Sadr and Abolghasemi visited Delhi several times to
prepare the blueprint for the attack. They likely traveled to Delhi
along with Syed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi, the Indian journalist arrested
last Thursday for his role as a facilitator.
The conspiracy was hatched in early 2011.
Kazmi, the police claim to have established, visited Iran “seven to
eight times” last year. He is believed to have helped Sadr and
Abolghasemi study the movement of embassy vehicles and diplomats.
They used the information to work out the final details of the
bombing which was carried out by Afshar.
The Iranians are believed to have traveled to India on tourist visas.
They arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi
They stayed at nondescript low-budget hotels in an area crawling with
backpackers from around the world, which would have helped them avoid
attracting attention or raising suspicion.
The motorcycle used by Afshar, sources said, belonged to an employee
of the hotel in which he was staying. The employee was unaware of
either Afshar’s antecedents or his intentions and mistook him for a
Sadr and Abolghasemi took flights out of Indira Gandhi International
Airport for “destinations in Middle East.” Afshar, according to the
sources, took a flight to Kuala Lumpur from where he boarded a
connecting flight to Tehran within hours of the bombing.
A source said Afshar arrived in Delhi in January. He spent the next
few weeks acquainting himself with the area around the Israeli
Embassy, tracking diplomats and their movements, and working out the
getaway. He was in constant contact with Kazmi and a visitor to his
A scooter found at Kazmi’s home was used to conduct reconnaissance
and to ferry the Iranians around Delhi.
Investigators, while scanning Kazmi’s finances and financial
transactions, are believed to have found a sizable remittance in his
wife’s bank account. They are believed to have tracked the source of
the money to Iran. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/16/12)
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