Blast hits Israeli diplomat's car in India; 2 hurt

February 13, 2012 - 10:35 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — An explosion tore through an Israeli diplomat's car on the streets of New Delhi on Monday, Israeli officials said. The driver and a diplomat's wife were injured, according to Indian officials.

The explosion took place in the late afternoon close to the embassy, said embassy spokesman David Goldfarb.

Television footage showed a charred minivan with blue diplomatic plates, its rear door apparently blown out.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor would not discuss who was injured nor the extent of the injuries because it was a security matter.

"We are looking into the incident and cooperation with local security forces is excellent," Palmor said, from Israel.

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said two people were wounded, the driver and the wife of an Israeli diplomat.

"They are in the hospital and being tended to," he said.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said an attempted car bombing in Georgia was thwarted. The bomb in Tbilisi was discovered before it went off.

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Associated Press writer Diaa Hadid contributed to this report from Jerusalem.