On January 29, a small explosion rocked APJ Abdul Kalam road a few meters away from the Israeli embassy in the Indian capital of New Delhi.
Delhi police said the explosion was caused by a “very low intensity improvised device.” Three cars were damaged. No casualties were reported, however. The police called the explosion a “mischievous attempt to create a sensation.”
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The Israeli foreign ministry said that the incident is being investigated by Indianan authorities, who are in contact with the relevant Israeli authorities.
Following the incident, Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar assured his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi that Indian authorities are protecting the embassy and will spare no effort to apprehend the perpetrators.
“Although there were no casualties, India and all elements in Israel regard the explosion as a terrorist incident,” an unnamed Israeli official told Reuters.
This was not the first such attack. In 2012, a blast near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi injured a wife of the Israeli defence attache to India, her driver and two others. Iran was blamed for the attack back then.
Iran held Israel responsible for the assassination of its top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last year. Back then, senior Iranian officials vowed to respond. Nevertheless, there is still no evidence linking Tehran to today’s explosion in New Delhi.
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