Attack similar to Pune blast of 2010

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In a striking co-incidence, the suspected terror attack of Monday in the national capital took place exactly three years after the February 13 bomb blast in Pune.

While the Delhi incident involved Israeli nationals, the blast in Pune happened metres away from Chabad House, Jewish prayer hall.

The Pune blast of February 13, 2010, which killed nine people, took place at German Bakery, situated close to Chabad House but no Israeli citizen was killed. Then, intelligence reports hinted that the target could have been Chabad House itself.
The Delhi incident happened on the third anniversary of the Pune blast. However, it is yet to be ascertained whether the two incidents have any links.

Official sources, refusing to be identified, expressed surprise over the Delhi episode taking place exactly on the third anniversary of the Pune terror attack. They also hinted that there could be a pattern in involving the Israelis in the attacks.

The Delhi incident is also the second incident involving Israeli nationals in the country in the last three years. The first attack involving people belonging to Jewish community, among others,  happened in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

The deadliest of the terror strikes in the country took place over a span of three days in the financial capital and killed 164 people including foreign nationals in co-ordinated shooting and bombing incidents. Part of the attack was on Chabad house in which six Jews fell victim to the terrorists’ gun.

Meanwhile, no concrete motive has been ascertained behind Monday’s blast.
The Delhi incident happened on the same day when India and Israel signed an agreement to co-operate in water treatment technologies, including joint ventures for research and design in resources management etc.

The agreement was signed in Israeli capital of Tel Aviv in presence of Urban Development minister Kamal Nath who is on a three-day visit to Israel. Also, the Delhi car fire took place in less than a month of External Affairs Minister S M Krishna’s visit to Israel.

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