New Delhi: At a time when the annual Beating the Retreat ceremony was underway at Vijay Chowk near the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a low-intensity IED blast took place near the Israeli embassy in the heart of the national capital on Friday evening.
The Delhi Police informed that it was a low-intensity blast in which fortunately no one was injured. However, windscreens of several cars parked nearby were damaged due to the explosion.
Notably, the blast took place on the 29th anniversary of India and Israel establishing full diplomatic relations back in 1992.
Israel embassy blast – Top Updates:
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for the strictest action against the perpetrators of the blast. “Concerned by the news of a blast near Israeli Embassy in Delhi. Agencies are determining the nature and cause of the blast. Thankfully, no loss of life reported yet. Any attempt to disturb the peace of Delhi shud be firmly dealt with,” the Delhi CM said.
Concerned by the news of a blast near Israeli Embassy in Delhi. Agencies are determining the nature and cause of the blast. Thankfully, no loss of life reported yet. Any attempt to disturb the peace of Delhi shud be firmly dealt with— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 29, 2021
2. Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said that he has spoken to EAM Jaishankar and has promised “full cooperation and any help required” to get to the bottom of the incident. “I spoke a few minutes ago with my counterpart, Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, following the explosion that took place a few hours ago near the Israeli embassy in Delhi. The Indian FM assured me that the Indian authorities are committed to the security of all Israeli diplomatic staff and will continue to act resolutely to locate all those involved in the explosion. I thanked him and promised full cooperation and any help required from Israel,” Ashkenazi informed on Twitter.
I spoke a few minutes ago with my counterpart, Indian Foreign Minister @DrSJaishankar, following the explosion that took place a few hours ago near the Israeli embassy in Delhi.— גבי אשכנזי – Gabi Ashkenazi (@Gabi_Ashkenazi) January 29, 2021
- The blast took place at a time when the Delhi Police is stretched thin because of the farmers’ protests, Republic Day violence and the Beating the Retreat ceremony.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in touch with senior Delhi Police officials and is constantly monitoring the situation, news agency ANI reported.
- The Mumbai Police has put the city on high alert after the blast in Delhi. The security has been tightened in the financial capital of the country.
- External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar dials up his Israeli counterpart over the incident and assured that India is taking the issue “seriously”. “Spoke just now to Israeli FM Gabi Ashkenazi about the explosion outside the Israeli Embassy. We take this very seriously. Assured him of the fullest protection for the Embassy and Israeli diplomats. Matter is under investigation and no effort will be spared to find the culprits,” the EAM said on Twitter.
Spoke just now to Israeli FM @Gabi_Ashkenazi about the explosion outside the Israeli Embassy. We take this very seriously. Assured him of the fullest protection for the Embassy and Israeli diplomats. Matter is under investigation and no effort will be spared to find the culprits.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) January 29, 2021
- Israel is treating the bomb blast as a terrorist incident, news agency Reuters quoted an Israeli official as saying.
- The “very low-intensity improvised explosive device” went off at 5:05 pm near Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, the Delhi Police said. The explosion took place near Jindal House, which is located on the left side of the Israeli embassy. “No injury reported, nor any damage to property witnessed except to window panes of 3 vehicles. Initial impressions suggest mischievous attempt to create a sensation,” the Delhi Police said.
- Sources said, as per ANI, that the improvised explosive device was found in a flower pot on the road divider near Jindal House. It appears that it was thrown from a moving vehicle. Further, police personnel are reported to have found some broken pieces of can (of a soft drink) from the blast site. It is suspected that the IED was kept in the can. Police are scanning CCTV footage from the area to collect more information.
- Times Now reported that the explosion took place near a footpath. The IED was concealed in bushes and likely had a timer attached.
- Senior Delhi Police officials reached the site of the explosion soon after the blast and the area was cordoned off. A forensic team was also rushed to the site.
- A team of the National Security Guard has also arrived at the blast site, Times Now reported.
- A fire brigade official told the media that a call was received at around 5:45 pm about a blast near the Israeli embassy. “Three cars were damaged (in the incident). No one injured,” the official said.
- Israeli Ambassador Ron Malka said that all embassy officials are safe. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said in Tel Aviv that no one was injured in the explosion near the embassy. “All embassies and staff were ordered to stay alert and take necessary precautionary measures,” the ministry said.
#WATCH | Delhi Police team near the Israel Embassy where a low-intensity explosion happened.— ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2021
Nature of explosion being ascertained. Some broken glasses at the spot. No injuries reported; further investigation underway pic.twitter.com/RphSggzeOa
- The Israeli embassy is located on the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road (formerly Aurangzeb Road) in the heart of the national capital.
- The explosion took place when the Beating the Retreat ceremony was underway at Vijay Chowk near the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the three Service Chiefs were attending the ceremony just a few kilometres away from the location of the blast.
- The Central Industrial Security Force has issued an alert at all airports, important installations and government buildings in view of the blast. Enhanced security measures have also been put in place.
Courtesy – https://www.timesnownews.com/