A minor IED blast occurred outside the Israeli embassy in New Delhi on Friday night. According to reports, the CCTV footage of the Israel Embassy blast site revealed two people reached near the embassy in a cab. However, it is not yet confirmed whether they have any role in the explosion. The explosion took place on the day that marked the 29th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Israel. No one was injured in the low-intensity blast, which shook the high-security zone in Delhi.
Sources claim that officials suspect Iranian influence behind the blast. The police also recovered an envelope addressed to the ‘Israel Embassy ambassador.’ The letter mentions that the blast outside the embassy was only a “trailer”, and it mentioned the names of Iranian Generals General Qasem Soleimani and the country’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who were allegedly assassinated last year by America.
Immediately after the incident, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke with his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi and assured “strong protection” to Israel’s diplomat and mission in India. He said that India is taking the incident “very seriously”.
Reportedly, the bomb was placed in a flowerpot on the road divider. No major damage has been reported to the property, except a few broken windowpanes of three vehicles parked nearby. The Israeli foreign ministry, in a statement, confirmed that all its diplomats and embassy staff in New Delhi were “safe and sound” and that no causalities were reported.
However, it is important to note that the explosion took place when President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were attending the culmination ceremony of the Republic Day celebrations a few kilometres away.
Besides, a team of investigators from Israel is likely to reach Delhi on Sunday to support Indian agencies in investigating the blast. According to reports, ammonium nitrate was used for the blast.