An explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi has been reported on Friday evening, exhorting authorities to scale up the security and sound a high alert in the national capital.
The blast induced by a very low-intensity improvised device broke the windscreens of three cars parked in the area, Delhi Police officials informed that there were no injuries.
Israel said it is treating the blast as a terrorist event. Israel is treating a small bomb blast near the Israeli embassy in Delhi today, which did not injure anyone, as a terrorist incident, news agency Reuters quoted an Israeli official as saying.
The Delhi Police asserted that the low-intensity improvised device went off at 5.05 pm near 5, APJ Abdul Kalam Road near Jindal House. No one was wounded and there was no harm to any property but window panes of three vehicles parked nearby were shattered, officials said.
Initial impressions indicate a mischievous attempt to create a threatening environment in the capital, Delhi Police said in a statement.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Delhi Police commissioner SN Shrivastava and chief of the Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar have informed Union home minister Amit Shah about the blast.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said an alert has been called at all airports, important installations, and government buildings after the blast and that enhanced security standards have been put in place.
The blast happened on the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic collaboration between India and Israel on January 29, 1992. The investigation is being monitored by all rank agencies. Also, National Investigative Agency (NIA) has been roped in, officials explained.
No sooner did the Delhi Police got information about the blast than Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Pramod Kushwah and other senior officials rushed to the spot officials said.
CCTV cameras on Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road are being scanned to confirm the sequence of events, officials said. Forensic experts of Delhi Police are also on the spot to lift the samples of the explosive.