The two attacks were carried out at embassies in Tbilisi, Georgia and Delhi, India. The attack in Tbilisi was prevented after a bomb on a functionary's car was found and defused. The one in Dehli however resulted in four injuries, the two most 'serious' being that of a wife of a defense official and her driver. There were no fatalities.
Government blames Iran and Hezbollah, and again says this proves that Iran is an exporter of terrorism. Hezbollah, which Israel sees as an Iranian tool, is worked in due to their interest in avenging the assassination of one of their leaders in Damascus back in 2008 in a car bomb. Iran denies allegation of involvement. International reaction has sided with Israel against these attacks in describing them as 'horrific', an interesting contrast to the reaction to murdered Iranian nuclear scientists.
Car bombs 'target Israel envoys' in India and Georgia
Bombers have targeted staff at Israeli embassies in India and Georgia, officials say, with Israel accusing Iran of masterminding the attacks.
Witnesses said a motorcyclist placed a device on an embassy car in Delhi, causing a blast that hurt four people - one seriously. A bomb underneath a diplomat's car in Tbilisi was defused.
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran was behind both incidents.
But Iranian officials denied the claims as "sheer lies".
One of the victims of the Delhi bombing, the wife of a defence ministry official, was in a "critical but stable" condition, according to AFP news agency. It quoted a doctor as saying she had undergone spinal surgery. 'Terror exporter'
Mr Netanyahu told a meeting of his Likud party MPs that there had been "two attempts of terrorism against innocent civilians".
"Iran is behind these attacks and it is the largest terror exporter in the world," he said.
He also blamed Iran for recent plots to attack Israeli targets in Thailand and Azerbaijan that were prevented.
And he suggested that the militant Islamist Hezbollah movement was also involved.
Israel's foreign ministry said the country had the ability to track down those who carried out the attacks.
But Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast rejected Mr Netanyahu's accusation, calling it "psychological warfare against Iran".
"We condemn any terrorist action and the world knows that Iran is the biggest victim of terrorism," he was quoted as saying by the official Irna news agency. International condemnation
Earlier, the state's ambassador to India Mehdi Nabizadeh had told Irna: "These accusations are untrue and sheer lies, like previous times."
In a statement, India's Foreign Minister SM Krishna pledged a full investigation, adding: "The culprits will be brought to justice at the earliest."
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the attacks, saying the US "stands ready to assist with any investigations of these cowardly actions". UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was "shocked and appalled" by the bombings.
The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, in Jerusalem, says security at Israeli embassies has been tightened in recent months following warnings of potential attacks, after Iran accused Israel of a series of attacks on its nuclear scientists.
BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera said one of them, Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, died last month when motorcyclists placed a "sticky bomb" on his car - a technique similar to that used in previous attacks attributed to the work of Israel's Mossad.
Similarities seen in the Delhi blast could be an indication of the aggressors sending a message that attacks in Tehran will be repaid in kind, he added.
After the explosion in Delhi, Indian TV showed pictures of a burning car near the embassy.
The area around the vehicle was later cordoned off and forensic experts and the bomb squad were examining the burnt out remains.
The embassy is guarded by several layers of security and is in a well-defended area of central Delhi, close to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's official residence. 'Noticed device'
David Goldfarb, the spokesman for Israel's Delhi embassy, said the diplomat's car was close to the building on Aurangzeb Road when the explosion went off.
He said they had no details as to who was behind the attack.
Officials in Georgia said an explosive device was attached to the bottom of a diplomat's car in the capital, Tbilisi, but was found and defused before it detonated.
Israeli embassy driver Roman Khachaturyan said he had just driven his child to school when he spotted the bomb.
"When I was driving I heard a noise. I got out of the car and saw something stuck to it."
Looks like the Israelis got lucky this time with noone killed and one bomb defused in time.
Not that they needed any more arguments to justify an attack on Iran to themselves, but now they have it.
Three bomb attacks in Bangkok Thailand today. 3 Thai men and 1 Thai woman were injured. No word yet on who the intended targets were.
Witnesses pointed out a man they said was the attacker who accidentally blew his own legs off in the attack. Coincidentally this man was found with ID indicating he was Iranian.
I read about those too. Just odd.
TBH this all seems rather sloppy if it's Iran's doing. Most of the time when they want someone, they'll get them. Some past examples that come to mind in the 1990s over what they've been able to do to various opposition figures that fled after the events of the revolution and the 1980s.
So I guess if these are Iran's they'd better look into getting some replacements if these kinds of jobs are being so horribly botched.
The sloppiness of the attacks fits with the idea that Iran is using some group like Hezbollah to carry out such attacks. Not sure why they would want to bomb Thailand though.
MrFancypants;5610440The sloppiness of the attacks fits with the idea that Iran is using some group like Hezbollah to carry out such attacks. Not sure why they would want to bomb Thailand though.
It has a Muslim minority IIRC, and Thailand is pro West. I guess they're just trying to create more instability. South East Asia is the #2 geopolitical issue right now (Iran being #1), there's a big arms race going on over there. It's all about who owns the islands in the South China Sea, which are potentially rich in resources.
Destroyer25;5610732It has a Muslim minority IIRC, and Thailand is pro West. I guess they're just trying to create more instability. South East Asia is the #2 geopolitical issue right now (Iran being #1), there's a big arms race going on over there. It's all about who owns the islands in the South China Sea, which are potentially rich in resources.
Yeah, but Thailand doesn't factor in Iran's immediate concerns vis a vis Israel. It seems farfetched that they would get themselves concerned about an ethnic group in Thailand that doesn't really benefit them one way or another to help them. There is indeed these problems in that area but again, what does Iran stand to benefit from interfering in those, when it has much more pressing concerns more immediate to the Middle-East?
SE Asia is not really on Iran's radar beyond its oil markets. I still don't really know what relevance Thailand is to them if they did this, but seeing as what ever they intended to do was botched, it may not be known now. They probably were trying to hit what they thought may've been a more vulnerable Israeli embassy if this was connected to the ones in India and Georgia.
The Iranians in Thailand might have been preparing for an attack in Israelis. Apparently they were disturbed in their preparations by police and the explosions that were reported took place when the criminals tried to escape. One of them threw a grenade at police but hit a tree instead. The grenade bounced back and blew his legs off.
Yeah, that's what the general consensus has been so far about it that the original plan got botched and they panicked when the police came to them. The Thai chief of police says as much. Still, I'm still confused as to the sheer sloppiness of this. Even if it was successful, what could have Iran gained out of it? The only thing I'm reading is that this is them getting 'desperate' as the sanctions begin to hit even harder.
I suppose the whole thing was meant as a warning to Israel, something along the line of "for every scientist you kill with a magnetic bomb we will kill 5 Israelis with magnetic bombs". That didn't work out too well.
My guess is that the sanctions and other attacks begin to have an effect. The Iranian leadership probably demanded a reaction without sufficient time for preparation.
This tells a lot about the Iranian capabilities. They mostly bluff (remember how they threatened to strike if an US carrier retunred to the strait of Hormuz? The US Navy is basically parading up and down that sealine since then) and when they try to do something it doesn't really work out. There are suspicions that the many messages they publish about their supposed advances in enrichment are mostly fake as well.
This reminds me of Iraq and to a lesser extend of Libya. Saddam and Gaddafi tried to play the same sort of mind games which made it so much easier for their opponents to take them out.