A “very low intensity improvised device” exploded near the Israeli embassy in the Indian capital city of New Delhi on Friday, police and local media reported.
No one was injured in the blast and police have blocked off the district around the embassy, according to the reports.
According to police, three cars were damaged when the explosion hit.
“Initial impressions suggest a mischievous attempt to create a sensation,” a police statement said.
#BreakingNews: Reports of a #blast close to the Embassy of #Israel in #NewDelhi. Caused damage to several vehicles. Blast reported on the pavement near the embassy. Today (29 Jan) marks the 29th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between #India and #Israel. pic.twitter.com/Hkl7jftLPp— Bengal Newz (@BengalNewz) January 29, 2021
“An explosion occurred recently near the Israeli embassy in India. There were no casualties in the blast, and no damage to the building,” Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
“The incident is under investigation by the authorities in India, who are in contact with the relevant Israeli authorities.”
Israel is treating the small blast near its embassy in New Delhi in India as a terrorist incident, according to an Israeli official.
India’s Minister of Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar assured his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi that they would take the blast “very seriously”.
“We take this very seriously. Assured him of the fullest protection for the Embassy and Israeli diplomats. Matter is under investigation and no effort will be spared to find the culprits,” he wrote on Twitter.
Spoke just now to Israeli FM @Gabi_Ashkenazi about the explosion outside the Israeli Embassy. We take this very seriously. Assured him of the fullest protection for the Embassy and Israeli diplomats. Matter is under investigation and no effort will be spared to find the culprits.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) January 29, 2021