‘This is a Trailer’: Note Found Near Israeli Embassy Blast Site Reportedly Mentions Soleimani

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A little-known terrorist group, Jaish-Ul-Hind, claimed responsibility for Friday’s improvised explosive device attack near the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi. At least one Daesh (ISIS)* cell has also reportedly claimed responsibility, and Indian officials are probing possible al-Qaeda involvement. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

A letter recovered from near the site of the blast outside the Israeli Embassy compound in the Indian capital on Friday mentions Revolutionary Guards Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani and Iranian nuclear and missile scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh by name, and hints at further attacks, the Times of India and Indian Express report, citing police sources.

Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike in January 2020 in Baghdad. Iran has repeatedly threatened to avenge his death. Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in late November 2020 about 200 km outside Tehran in what Iran suspects was an elaborate Mossad operation. Iranian leaders have promised to retaliate to the latter attack in its own time, while adding that Tehran would not be pulled into a regional war which would destabilise the Middle East.

Conflicting Claims About Who Was Responsible

Israeli media has speculated heavily about possible Iranian involvement in Friday’s embassy incident, pointing to similar attacks on Israeli diplomatic facilities in the past in which Tel Aviv has also blamed Tehran, such as the February…

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