DELHI’S ISRAELI EMBASSY ATTACK INVESTIGATION

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A day after the fourth anniversary of the killing of Hizbullah’s military commander Imad Mughniyah, two seemingly coordinated attacks were launched on Monday 02/13/2012 against Israeli embassies and Diplomats overseas in Delhi, India and Tiblis, Georgia.

In the first attack, the wife of the Defense Ministry representative to India, Tali Yoshua Koren, was injured when a bomb exploded in her car in New Delhi, India (see – Delhi-Tbilisi Bombings). The next day a similar attempt failed in Bangkok, Thailand (see – Bangkok Incident). .

* In all three cases in Delhi, Tiblisi and Bangkok, the same type of magnetic device was used to stick the bombs to the target cars. It was a component of a magnetic sea mine also used by Iranian navy (see – Bangkok 2012 Investigation).
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* Delhi police said, on Wednesday 03/07/2012, they have arrested a Delhi-based freelance journalist, identified as Syed Mohammed Kazmi, 50, in connection with the attack. Syed Mohammed Kazmi has been arrested for allegedly being part of the conspiracy to plant the bomb on the car. He claims to have been writing for an Iranian publication and was arrested up after a probe showed that he had been in touch with the suspect who is believed to have stuck the magnetic bomb on Israeli embassy car.
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Sources say police are close to a breakthrough in the blast case, which Israel has blamed on Iran. According to the police a stick-on bomb was planted on the car by two men on motorcycle.

* An Indian court, on Wednesday 03/14/2012, has issued arrest warrants for three Iranians, Housan Afshar Irani (pic), Syed Ali Mehdi-Sadr and Mohammed Reza Abolghasemi, in connection with a bombing attack.

According to Indian Police Commissioner B K Gupta, on Friday 03/16/2012, Iranian national Housan Afshari Irani, who had visited Delhi twice, was in touch with Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, another Iranian national accused of being one of the bombers in the triple explosions in Bangkok. His name and the names of his associates in Delhi were uncovered from Masoud Sedaghatzadeh’s cell phone. Housan Afshar Irani also fled India to Malaysia shortly after the Delhi attack occurred, probably in order to meet Sedaghatzade there.

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“It thus establishes Housan Afshar Irani’s links with the module that executed the terror acts in Bangkok,” Gupta said. Gupta said Syed Mohammed Kazmi was held after Masoud’s arrest. “Masoud’s link with Afshar Irani, and further technical surveillance of Irani, had led to Mohammed Kazmi’s arrest,” he added.
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B K Gupta also said the moped used in surveying the Israeli embassy and surrounding areas was bought by Afshar Irani from a dealer in Karol Bagh.
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“We have recovered documents related to the moped and technical investigation clearly established that Syed Kazmi and Afshar Irani were in touch on phone,” Gupta said.
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Later, on Saturday 03/17/2012, India issued a fourth arrest warrant for Masoud Sedaghatzadeh himself. He is detained in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia awaiting to be extradited to Bangkok for his role in the Bangkok Plot of 02/14/2012.
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* Syed Mohammed Kazmi told police he went to Iran twice in 2011, promised to provide assistance to the attackers in India and was paid $5,500. In addition to helping with surveillance of the Israeli embassy, Syed Kazmi booked a plane ticket for one of the Iranian suspects to leave the country, Gupta said.
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A scooter, Maruti Alto car – DL9CL 0428 used by Kazmi and Afshar for reconnaissance near the Israeli Embassy was found parked at Kazmi’s home. Police were also investigating the source of nearly $45,600 in remittances from abroad in Kazmi’s and his wife’s bank accounts, a Delhi police statement said on Sunday 03/18/2012. Indian Police also recovered a Nokia mobile phone E-66, used by Kazmi, another Nokia phone C-3, given to Kazmi by Iranian national Syed Ali Mehdi-Sadr in Iran, passport of Kazmi, pages of guest entry register showing checking-in of Housan Afshar Irani in hotels in central Delhi, statements of bank accounts maintained by Kazmi and his family, one black helmet which Irani was wearing at the time of sticking the bomb on Koren’s car, copy of air ticket of Afshar Irani and material from hotel, which was used to make the bomb, a Hero Honda Karizma bike and a Kinetic moped have been recovered, which were used by Afshar Irani for conducting the reccee of Israeli embassy.
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Alleging that an Iranian state agency was involved in the bomb attack the Delhi Police has concluded, in late 07/2012, that the suspects were members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
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Delhi Police has sought more details of the five IRGC members, including the main bomber, Housan Afshar Irani, who mentions his profession in Iran as a builder, Masoud Sedaghatzadeh (sales employee in a commercial company on Baharestan St, Tehran), Syed Ali Mehdi-Sadr (a mobile shopkeeper in Tehran), Mohammed Reza Abolghasemi (clerk in the finance department of Tehran’s water authority) and Ali Akbar Norouzi-Shayan (a retired accountant in Tehran), wanted by the Thai authorities too over the Bangkok Incident.
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According to the sources, Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, now in custody in Bangkok, is said to be the operational head and it was he who planned the attacks in Georgia, Bangkok and Delhi.
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Apart from these five, police have also come across the role of an Iranian woman, identified as Leila Rohani, in the February 13 attack in New Delhi as well as the attacks in Bangkok and Georgia, after which she fled to Tehran.
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