Embassy employee not prime target

Tal Yehoshua, the 42-year-old Israel Embassy employee who was injured in Monday’s blast on Aurangzeb Road here along with three other people,  was not the prime target of the attacker, investigative agency said on Wednesday.

Her driver was among the injured. Tal Yehoshua, who works as an accountant in the Embassy and still recuperating at Primas Hoisptal from shrapnel injuries, was not the target of the attacker. “The attacker randomly picked up the Innova car with the designated Israel diplomat number coming out of the Embassy. His motive was just  to attack an Israeli working in the Embassy,” said an investigative officer.

While investigators are looking into all the angles, they have also zeroed in on a foreign terror outfit. “The outfit has no base in India. It  has sent some specialised attacker to the national capital a few months ago on student visa or tourist visa,” said the officer.  The investigative agen­cy–Delhi Police Special Cell–and a team of ten members from the Israel Embassy have inspected the Innova and Indica cars damaged in the bomb explosion. The Israel officials visited the Lodi Colony Special Cell office in the afternoon. “They clicked photographs of the Innova car, which exploded, and the Indica,  which was also damaged. They took the measurements of the car and a few samples,” said the officer.

Police also said preliminary forensic reports of the blast material collected from the site showed traces of potassium chlorate and nitrate. The triggering mechanism is also not clear so far.

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