India: Small blast near Israeli Embassy in New Delhi


New Delhi Police said that “very low intensity instantaneous devices” left the city center at 5 pm local (6.30 pm ET). No injuries were reported.

Israel is currently treating the explosion as a terrorist event, an official in the country’s foreign ministry told CNN. The official said it was too early to say whether the embassy was targeted or not, but “this is one of the directions of the investigation at this stage.”

An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said there were no casualties and no damage to the building in the first explosion.

The Delhi Police said the windows of the three vehicles were the only thing damaged in the blast, adding that the explosion was a “mischievous attempt to create a sensation” on “initial raids”.

India’s Foreign Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that he had spoken to Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and assured him that the blast was being taken very seriously.

Jaishankar said in a tweet, “He assured full security to the embassy and Israeli diplomats. The matter is being investigated and will leave no stone unturned to find the culprits.”

Friday marks the 29th anniversary of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and India.

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