The wife of an Israeli diplomat was moderately wounded on Monday when a car bomb exploded outside of Israel’s embassy in the Indian capital of New Delhi, Haaretz has learned. The incident came one day after the fourth anniversary of the assassination of slain Hezbollah’s deputy leader Imad Mughniyah.
Also Monday morning, a local Georgian worker employed by the Israeli embassy reported hearing strange sounds while driving his car and alerted the police. Security forces then located an explosive device underneath the vehicle and proceeded to safely neutralize it.
Following Monday’s events, the foreign Ministry instructed all of its diplomats to stop using their vehicles until they are checked by security officials.
In the first official response to the incidents, Foreign Minister Avigdor said Israel would not suffer an attack on its officials abroad, adding that Monday’s incidents show Israel and its citizens face a daily threat of terror, both “physical and diplomatic.”
Last year, Israeli embassies throughout the world received several suspected terror threats that coincided with the third anniversary of Mughniyah’s death.