Terrorists Target Israeli Diplomats in India, Georgia

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Terrorists targeted diplomats near the Israeli embassies in New Delhi, India, and Tbilisi, Georgia, on Monday, in what may have been avenge attacks on the fourth anniversary of most-wanted terrorist Imad Mughniyeh's death.

Mughniyeh, a senior Hezbollah commander who masterminded numerous terror attacks, was on the FBI's most wanted list. Mughniyeh was killed in a car bombing in Damascus on Feb. 12, 2008.

Hezbollah blamed Israel, threatening to avenge the killing by targeting Jews in Israel and around the world.

The terror group renews that threat every year on the anniversary of his death. But Mughniyeh's widow said Syria was behind the bombing that killed her husband.

Four people were injured in New Delhi, one reportedly is the wife of the Defense Ministry attaché. It's unclear whether the bomb was planted in or under her car or whether someone on a motorcycle attached it to her car as she drove.

According to the report, witnesses pulled two people from the car. The diplomat's wife was transported to a nearby hospital where she underwent surgery to remove shrapnel.

In the attack in Tbilisi, a Georgian national who works at the embassy heard a noise coming from under his car as he drove. He pulled over to look, recognized it was an explosive device, and called the authorities, who were able to disable the bomb.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran, the "world's top initiator of terror," is behind Monday's bombings, as well as several other attempted attacks on Israeli diplomats.

"In recent months we have witnessed several attempts to attack Israeli citizens and Jews in several countries, including Azerbaijan, Thailand, and others," Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office. "In each instance we succeeded in foiling the attacks in cooperation with local authorities."

"Iran is behind these attacks; it is the largest exporter of terrorism in the world," he said. "We will continue to take strong and systematic, yet patient, action against the international terrorism that originates in Iran."

Following Monday's attacks, Israeli diplomats worldwide were put on a high security alert. Some advised to take extra precautions when traveling in cars.

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