A minor explosion was reported near the Embassy of Israel in Delhi on January 29. The Delhi Police confirmed the low-intensity blast close to Jindal House, adding that no casualties were reported in the incident.
A statement issued by the police noted that a "very low intensity improvised device went off at 5:05 pm near Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road near Jindal House".
No injury to any person nor any damage to property was witnessed, the police said, while adding that only windscreens of three vehicles parked nearby were damaged.
"Initial impressions suggest a mischievous attempt to create a sensation," the police said.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) issued an alert at all airports following the IED blast in Delhi.
"An alert has been issued at all airports, important installations and government buildings in view of blast reported in Delhi. Enhanced security measures have been put in place," the CISF said.
A separate "high alert" was issued by the Mumbai Police, with security being tightened in the city.Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was briefed by the Delhi Police about the blast, was reported to be "constantly monitoring the situation".
#WATCH | Delhi Police team near the Israel Embassy where a low-intensity explosion happened.
Nature of explosion being ascertained. Some broken glasses at the spot. No injuries reported; further investigation underway pic.twitter.com/RphSggzeOa— ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2021
The Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road was cordoned off after the explosion was reported. The police has imposed barricades to check the movement of vehicles on the road.
The area where the blast was reported, outside the Israeli embassy, is located around two kilometres away from Vijay Chowk, where the Beating Retreat ceremony was being held. The ceremonial event was being attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and other leaders.
The Israeli government is considering the IED blast near its embassy in Delhi as a case of "terrorist incident", news agency Reuters quoted an Israeli official as saying.