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Car bomb defused in Tbilisi, Israeli embassy driver targeted

by | Feb 13, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – An explosive device was found under the car of a driver for the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi early Monday morning.

The same day, a bomb went off in the Indian capital New Dehli, injuring two people; a driver for the Israeli embassy and a diplomat’s wife.

“Today an explosive device was found and immediately deactivated in the car of Roman Khachaturian, the employee of the Embassy of Israel to Georgia. Roman Khachaturian is a citizen of Georgia and employed as a driver at the embassy of Israel,” a statement from Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said.

Head of the ministry’s Information and Analytical Department, Shota Utiashvili, told DF Watch that the bomb was of a handmade type, and that the car was located near Queen Tamar Bridge about one kilometer from Tbilisi’s main railway station.

He said more information would be made available as the investigation progresses.

Utiashvili further said that there are no special security measures at in embassies, or at the airport and railway station in Tbilisi. He says that they will apply such measures if during the investigation they see such a need.

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran and Hizbollah for the attacks.

Iran and Georgia have cooperation within culture, economy and other areas, and a few years ago established visa free travel between the two countries.



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