Police examining shipment path of Delhi terror bomb parts (JERUSALEM POST) By KANCHAN GUPTA JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT 03/22/12)
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NEW DELHI – Forensic tests are believed to have revealed that some of
the components used to make the “sticky bomb” that was planted on an
Israeli Embassy car on February 13 and wounded the defense attaché’s
wife may not have been locally procured.
This was the first time that such a bomb with a magnetic base,
similar to the one which exploded in Bangkok on February 14, was used
in a terrorist attack in India which has seen numerous incidents of
terror bombings. Investigators are looking into the possibility that
the source of the material for the two bomb was the same.
Since security at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, as at
all airports in India, is very high and all baggage is screened, it
is unlikely that any of the three Iranians – Houshang Afshar Irani,
Syed Ali Mahdiansadr and Mohammadreza Abolghasemi – who have been
named as responsible for the attack, carried it on them when they
entered India in early January. The bomb is said to have been planted
on the car by Iranian citizens.
In view of the possibility that the material for the bomb was brought
in from abroad, most possibly from Iran, a source said investigators
are exploring whether “the diplomatic route” could have been used.
Diplomatic pouches or bags are neither screened nor inspected, as per
They are addressed to the embassy concerned and are collected by
“If this proves to be true, it would lead to a massive row. A lot of
explaining would have to be done by the recipient embassy,” the
Given the sensitive nature of the issue, this particular aspect of
the investigation and findings are being kept under wraps.
While Irani took a flight out of Delhi to Malaysia, and from there a
connecting flight to Iran, hours after the bombing, his two
accomplices, it now transpires, left the city two days before the
attack. Open warrants have been secured against them and Interpol’s
assistance has been sought by way of issuing Red Corner notices.
Meanwhile, the body of evidence indicating Iranian involvement in the
bombing continues to grow by the day.
Delhi Police, during further searches at the residence of Syed
Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi, the Indian journalist arrested for allegedly
providing logistical support to the bombers, has found an Iranian SIM
card. It was used to store 15 telephone numbers of contacts in Iran
to whom he made several calls from his cellphone.
Police are also trying to unravel the source of cash remittances to
Kazmi’s and his wife’s bank accounts from Iran.
A team of investigators is scheduled to leave for Thailand where they
will compare notes with Bangkok Police and also question the Iranians
who have been arrested for planning similar bombings targeting
Israeli Embassy personnel there. Investigators hope this will help
them tie up loose ends and establish a larger conspiracy. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/22/12)
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