How Iran orchestrated bombings in India, Thailand and Georgia (ISRAEL HAYOM) Dan Lavie and Israel Hayom Staff 06/18/12)
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The Guardian reveals evidence linking a Feb. 13 car bombing in Delhi,
attempted car bombing in Tbilisi the same day and massive explosion
in Bangkok house the following day to each other, and to Iran.
British newspaper The Guardian revealed on Sunday new evidence
pointing to a correlation between three attacks — in India, Thailand
and Georgia — earlier this year. The three attacks are believed to
have been perpetrated by Iran. The new details confirm that all the
individuals involved in the planning of the attacks had reached their
respective destinations at approximately the same time.
On Feb. 13, the car carrying the wife of the Israeli Defense Ministry
attaché in India Tal Yehoshua Koren went up in flames in the middle
of a Delhi street. Both the occupants, Yehoshua Koren and her driver,
were hurt. That same day, an employee of the Israeli embassy in
Georgia discovered an explosive device attached to an Israeli
diplomat´s vehicle in Tbilisi (the device was neutralized and no one
was hurt). The following day, a Bangkok house was destroyed in a
massive blast, blamed on Iran.
The attacks are believed to have been a retaliation for the
systematic assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists in the
According to the Guardian, though the masterminds of the plots have
not been apprehended, the authorities in Delhi and Bangkok know when
the preparations began. For example, Houshang Afshar Irani, the man
accused of the Delhi bombing, first arrived in the Indian capital on
April 25, 2011, and left in mid-May that same year. Investigators
believe that Irani was scoping out potential locations for the attack.
Several days earlier, on April 17, 2011, 31-year-old Lilah Rohani
arrived in Thailand on a tourist visa. Rohani was the one who, in
December of the previous year, had rented the house that eventually
became a "bomb factory" — the Thai police revealed.
This is where the connection to the third attack comes in: Irani´s
mobile phone number, which he used during his stay in Delhi during
April of 2011, was found to have been used in Tbilisi for a two-week
period in June, tying the attempted bomb plot in Georgia to the other
Another piece of the puzzle that served to link the incidents to one
another was the arrest of a 31-year-old Iranian identified as
Sedaghatzadeh Masoud at the Kuala Lumpur airport on the morning of
Feb. 15, who was awaiting a flight to Tehran. The man´s passport
contained visas to both India and Thailand and he carried a notebook
in which phone numbers belonging to suspects in all three incidents,
including some in Tehran, were found.
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