Blast reported near Israel embassy in Delhi, car windscreens damaged
A blast caused by a "very low-intensity improvised device" near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi on Friday shattered the windscreens of three cars in the area, Delhi Police said adding that there were no injuries.
"A very low-intensity improvised device went off at 5.05pm near 5, APJ Abdul Kalam Road near Jindal House. No injury to any person and nor any damage to property was witnessed except window panes of three vehicles parked nearby. Initial impressions suggest a mischievous attempt to create a sensation," Delhi Police said in a statement.
Delhi Police commissioner SN Shrivastava and chief of the Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar have briefed Union home minister Amit Shah about the blast, officials said. The investigation is being monitored, they added. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was also informed about the blast shortly after the incident and the National Investigative Agency (NIA) has also been roped in, officials said.
"Nothing is being ruled out as of now whether it is a terror attack or not. It could be mischief also by some elements, but considering the blast has taken place in the VVIP Zone, all agencies are coordinating to probe the incident," said an officer, requesting anonymity.
The blast came on the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Israel on January 29, 1992.
Close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road are being checked to ascertain the sequence of events, officials said. Forensic experts of Delhi Police are at the spot to lift the samples of the explosive.
According to preliminary reports, the Police Control Room was informed of a "bomb blast" in the area and senior officials, including deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Pramod Kushwah, rushed to the spot, officials said.
This is the second explosion in eight years near the Israel embassy. A similar explosion was reported on February 13, 2012, when a sticky bomb was placed on the car of an Israeli diplomat, Tal Yehoshua Koren. She had sustained injuries in the blast.
While the only person arrested in the case - a journalist - is out on the bail, the accused bombers in that attack are yet to be caught. The special cell of the Delhi Police had visited Tehran to investigate the February 2012 terror attack but there has been no headway in the case.