Didn't suspect anybody was following: Israeli embassy car driver

The driver of the Israeli embassy car, that was gutted in a blast after an explosive device was attached to the vehicle, Wednesday said he never suspected that anybody on a motor bike was following the car.

“When the car halted at the red light, I heard a pat at the rear of the car. Within a few seconds, there was an explosion and we fell unconscious,” Manoj Sharma, who was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for treatment, told NDTV news channel after his discharge.

"I had not suspected anybody following us. Otherwise I would have definitely informed my seniors," said Sharma, as he recalled the incident.

An Israeli diplomat's wife, going to get her children from the American Embassy school, Monday suffered multiple injuries when a motorcycle rider attached an explosive device on the Toyota Innova and sped away at the Aurangzeb Road crossing in the heart of the capital.

The blast set the car on fire, while two people travelling in a Indica car along side were also injured.

“There was no time to react to what had happened. There was just a tap at the rear, and it was not possible for me to look behind and see if there was a bike or any other vehicle,” Sharma said.

The driver said he approached an auto driver to take his injured passenger to the nearest hospital.

“After collapsing twice, I moved to help her. There was fear and nobody was ready to come forward,” he said.

“We took an auto, and the auto driver helped us," he said.
Sharma was unfazed at the incident and said he will not leave his job.
"All I know is that I will continue to work with the Israeli embassy,” he asserted.

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