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‘India wants to avoid confrontation with Iran'

Indian intelligence agencies have “considerable evidence” of Iran's involvement in the February 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat's wife but are not releasing it in a bid to avoid public confrontation with Tehran, a top Israeli security official has claimed.

The senior Israeli official told daily Ha'aretz that the Indians are “close to fully solving the case but they are not saying so publicly“.

However, Indians have not “concealed the information in their possession” in quiet contacts with Israel and the United States, he was quoted as saying by the paper which said he was close to the investigation.

The Indians have located the motorcycle used in the attack, have identified who purchased it, and know how and when the attackers arrived in India, it said.

“The Indians received a great deal of assistance in the investigation from the United States and Israel and did a lot of work themselves,” the daily quoted the official as saying.

The Israeli official reportedly noted that the Indian security services have decided to characterise the incident as a case that, until further notice, is under investigation. This has lowered the pressure for the release of details, and the need to make serious decisions on how to proceed has been deferred, the source pointed out.

Indian investigators were sent to Georgia and Thailand, where there were failed attacks, a short time after the New Delhi blast, to compare findings over the explosive charges used and evidence was found of Iranian involvement in the attempts, the daily said.

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