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Georgia Says 'Clear Foreign Trace' in Israeli Embassy-related Car Bomb Attempt
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 1 Jun.'12 / 19:42

The Georgian Interior Ministry said in a brief statement on June 1, that it was continuing investigation into an attempted car bomb on February 13, which was targeting a local employee of the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi.

“Investigation has discovered clear foreign trace in the [February 13 car bomb] attempt,” the Interior Ministry said without elaborating further details.

On the same day when a local employee of the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi, working as a driver, found an explosive device attached to his Hyundai Getz, a bomb attached to an Israeli embassy car in Indian capital, New Delhi, went off wounding a wife of Israeli diplomat and three other people on February 13, 2012.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately blamed Tehran for an explosion in New Delhi and the attempted bomb attack in Tbilisi.

Iran responded by denying allegations as part of Israel’s “psychological warfare” against Tehran, claiming that Israel itself plotted the attacks “to tarnish Iran’s friendly relations” with India and Georgia.

On February 14 two Iranians were arrested in Thailand after series of explosions in Bangkok; local police said at the time that the evidence suggested similarities between explosives used in Bangkok, New Delhi and Tbilisi.

Georgian officials have not commented publicly on who might have been behind the bombing attempt in Tbilisi; they, however, confirmed similarities between the explosive device found in Tbilisi and the one in New Delhi.

Georgian Interior Ministry official said at the time, that in case of explosion the device would have directly targeted car passengers and probably those in an immediate vicinity of the car, but the device was not powerful enough to damage a building, including the one of Israeli embassy even if the car had been parked close to the building, though it was not.

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