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Attackers must be made accountable: Israel Ambassador

Posted on Feb 12, 05:06PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 12 : Israeli Ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz on Tuesday said terrorists who committed the 'heinous attack' on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi last year must be 'made accountable'.

Pertinently, Alon Ushpiz issued the statement on the eve of one year of the attack.

"One Year ago, in the heart of New Delhi, Mrs. Tal Yehoshua Koren, an Israeli diplomat, a friend and a colleague, on her way to pick up her two children from school, was targeted by Iranian Government agents who attempted to assassinate her. Tal is still suffering from her wounds. Her driver and two innocent bystanders, all Indian citizens, were also injured," Ushpiz said in a statement.

Thanking Indian government, he said: "In the days, weeks and months following this terrorist action, we were embraced by a wave of support and friendship from the Government and the People of India. We are grateful for this and for the security that the Indian authorities provide us."

"Immediately after the attack, the External Affairs Minister of India assured the Israeli leadership that the culprits will be brought to justice at the earliest, that the law of the land will take its course and that India will continue with the investigation," Ushpiz said.

"Following a thorough investigation, the Delhi Police made one arrest and issued arrest warrants against the 4 Iranian culprits who have escaped. It is understood that the Iranian authorities did not provide answers to Indian officials who traveled to Tehran to gather information about these suspects," he said.

"This terrorist action is yet another chapter in a well-documented campaign of the Iranian Government to kill Jews, Israelis and especially Israeli diplomats, around the world: from Buenos Aires to New Delhi, from Bangkok to Baku. This Iranian record highlights the danger of the murderous terrorists returning to the scenes of the crime," he said.

"The terrorists who committed this heinous attack and the Government of Iran that sent them, must be made accountable," said Ushpiz.

The attack occurred on Feb 13 last year near the 7 Race Course Road residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when, officials said, a biker apparently followed an Israeli embassy car and then stuck something magnetic on the vehicle causing the explosion.

Israeli diplomat Tal Yehoshua Koren was seriously injured in the bombing along with others.