Delhi blast: Small bomb detonates near Israeli embassy in Indian capital

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Security officials examine the site of an explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, India, January 29, 2021.

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A small bomb has exploded near the Israeli embassy in the Indian capital, Delhi, damaging nearby cars but causing no injuries.

Police said a “very low intensity improvised device” caused the blast.

Israel said an investigation was under way but one Israeli official told news agencies it was being regarded as a “terrorist incident”.

An Israeli diplomat’s wife was wounded when a bomb was planted under her car in New Delhi nine years ago.

On the same day, 13 February 2012, a bomb was also planted under an Israeli diplomatic car in the Georgian capital Tbilisi but it failed to detonate.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of being behind both the incidents in 2012 – allegations denied by Tehran.

Friday’s blast happened shortly after 17:00 local time (11:30 GMT) and blew out the windows of three nearby parked cars.

Police quickly cordoned off the site of the explosion.

“Initial impressions suggest a mischievous attempt to create a sensation,” a Delhi police spokesperson said in a statement.

The Israeli foreign ministry said its embassy staff and building were not impacted and that the incident was “under investigation by the authorities in India, who are in contact with the relevant Israeli authorities”.

However, one Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that “although there were no casualties, India and all elements in Israel regard the explosion as a terrorist incident”.

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