India arrests terrorist planning attack Israeli targets

India’s security forces arrested a suspect last week who allegedly committed a terror attack in 2014 and planned on carrying out terrorist attacks against Israeli targets in Bangalore.

According to India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA), the suspect arrested is Jeb Afridi. He is a resident of Amdabad and is active in the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

Afridi is suspected of committing a terrorist attack on Church Street in Bangalore on December 28, 2014, and of being involved in other incidents in Bangalore and elsewhere. His remand was extended by 10 days.

According to the NIA, he exploded a small bomb outside a restaurant atwhich an Israeli delegation was supposed to dine. A woman was killed and three were wounded in that attack. There were no Israeli casualties.

Contrary to claims made by the NIA, the Israeli Consulate said it was not aware of an Israeli delegation, official or not, that was supposed to visit the restaurant in question that evening.

In addition, the NIA statement said that the suspect admitted to an arson attempt at the Israeli Visa Services offices in November 2015, and was suspected of being involved in and organizing similar activities in India.

Ziv Shalvi, deputy consul general of Israel in Bangalore, said he was satisfied overall by police work and the Indian authorities in their daily cooperation with the consulate, but did not specifically reference the present case or recent publications.