New Delhi: Home Minister P. Chidambaram said on Tuesday that the lone motorcyclist who tried to assassinate an Israeli diplomat's wife here was "a very well trained person".

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"It is very clear that a very well trained person has committed this attack," Chidambaram said, referring to Monday's bomb attack in the heart of the city that badly injured the wife of the defence attaché.

"There is also reason to believe that the target was the Israeli diplomat's wife. Therefore one has to proceed on the basis that it was a terrorist attack," the minister told reporters.

The victim, Tal Yehoshua Koren, was still in hospital but in stable condition, he added.

NIA team inspects blast site

A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday inspected the blast site and the Israeli embassy vehicle that was charred after a motorcylist attached an explosive device to it.

NIA director S.C. Sinha visited the site at the Aurangzeb Road crossing where the blast took place Monday afternoon, injuring four people, including an Israeli woman.

Declining to divulge any details, Sinha said: "Delhi Police are investigating the case and we will assist them if we are asked for assistance."

An Innova car from the Israeli embassy burst into flames after a biker planted an explosive on its rear and sped off around 3.15 p.m. Monday. Two passengers from a nearby red Indica were also affected by the blast.

Delhi Police's Special Cell is investigating the case.

"We are searching for the biker and are going through the CCTV footage to get more clues," said Dharmendra Kumar, special commissioner (Law and Order), Delhi Police.

Police chief meets Chidambaram

Delhi Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta met Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday to apprise him of the investigation into the terrorist attack a day earlier that left an Israeli defence attache's wife severely injured, official sources said.

The home ministry is likely to release a statement Tuesday on the preliminary details of the probe into the incident, the sources added.

Tal Yehoshua Koren, the wife of the Israeli defence attache, was severely injured in Monday's attack on an Israeli embassy car at the Aurangzeb Road crossing which also left the driver and two passersby wounded.

A meeting of the home ministry officials has discussed the coordination in the investigation, including participation of the National Investigation Agency, they said.


Injured Israeli diplomat's wife stable

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The Israeli defence attache's wife who was injured in a car blast here a day earlier was stable Tuesday, doctors said. She has been operated upon and shrapnel removed from her spine.

A surgery on her spinal cord was performed on Monday night, said doctors at Delhi's Primus Hospital where she is admitted.

"The patient is stable now, a surgery was conducted and she is conscious now," medical superintendent of Primus Hospital ND Khurana said..

"We will decide the course of treatment after a meeting of a group of doctors," he said.

Tal Yehoshua Koren, wife of the Israeli defence attache, was injured on Monday afternoon after a terror attack targeting the embassy car she was travelling in.

Arun Bhanot, who is heading the team of doctors treating her, said major shrapnel from her spine had been removed, but more remain in her body.

"There are multiple metal objects in her body, in the liver, lungs and spinal cord," Bhanot told reporters.

"The major shrapnel was in her spinal cord, which was causing pressure on the nerves and had cut one of the nerves," he said.

"That shrapnel has been removed, she may start showing improvement."

(JPN/ Agencies)