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Blast outside Israeli Embassy in Indian capital

A blast took place outside the Israeli Embassy in Delhi on Friday evening, barely two kilometres from a high-security area where Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gathered to witness the British-era ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony marking the end of the four-day Republic Day celebrations.

Delhi Police said that no one was injured in the blast, but the windscreens of at least three cars parked near the Embassy were shattered in the impact.

“A very low-intensity improvised device went off at 5.05 pm near 5 APJ Abdul Kalam Road. No injury to any person has been reported nor any damage to property was witnessed, except window panes of some vehicles parked nearby. Initial impressions suggest this was a mischievous attempt to create a sensation,” Delhi Police said in a statement.

Police sources told UNB that it was an improvised explosive device that had been left on the pavement near the ISraeli Embassy, wrapped in a polythene bag. The Embassy is located in a high-security zone on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, named after India’s former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Modi’s official residence is barely 200 metres from the Embassy.

“Apart from Delhi Police officials, Intelligence Bureau sleuths have joined the investigation. Forensic experts are also on the spot. Moreover, close-circuit television cameras on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road are being scanned for evidence. Security agencies are working closely to crack the case,” the sources said.

This is the second explosion in eight years outside the Israeli Embassy. In 2012, at least four people, including Israeli woman diplomat Tal Yeshova, were injured when a bomb had exploded in her car.

Source: United News of Bangladesh