The Delhi Police have identified some suspects involved in the attempted assassination of an Israeli diplomat in the high-security Tughlak Road area here on February 13.
Investigations so far have revealed that only one person riding a motorcycle, a foreign national, attached the improvised explosive device with a flexible magnetic strip to the Israeli official's car. It is learnt that the police have also zeroed in on some locals suspected to have provided the bomber with logistics support, including the get-away vehicle.
The prime suspect had reportedly entered the country, not for the first time, on a tourist visa nearly a month before the assassination attempt.
While investigations are under way to ascertain the movement of the local module during and before the time of the explosion, the police have singled out a mobile phone number, apparently obtained on fake identification papers, that was used by the suspected bomber. According to sources, the mobile phone remained active till February 10 after which it was switched off.
Previous records, however, revealed the movements of the phone user in the area near the Israeli Embassy on several occasions, suggesting that a reconnaissance was conducted and probable strike points and get-away routes were identified.
Immediately after detonating the IED close to the Prime Minister's official residence, which ripped off the rear end of the car seriously injuring the wife of the Israeli defence attaché, the bomber is believed to have fled the city. As there were suspicions that he could have boarded a flight to a Southeast Asian country, passenger records and footage of closed-circuit television cameras at the Indira Gandhi International Airport have been examined. Some international calls are also being scrutinised.
Delhi Police officers said there had been no breakthrough and arrests in the case so far.
Keywords: Israeli Embassy car blast case