Blast in Delhi just days after Republic Day; no injuries

Blast in New Delhi
Image: ANI

New Delhi: A minor IED blast took place outside the Israeli Embassy in the heart of Lutyens' Delhi on Friday evening, just days after the country celebrated its 72nd Republic Day.

Some cars were damaged in the blast that took place near the pavement outside the embassy on APJ Abdul Kalam Road, a very high-security zone in the national capital.

Delhi Police Additional PRO Anil Mittal said that initial impressions suggest that it could be a mischievous attempt to create a sensation.

"A very low-intensity improvised device went off at 5.05 pm. No injury to any person was reported, nor was there any damage to the property except the glass panes of three vehicles parked nearby," Mittal said.

The bomb disposal squad of the Delhi Police carried out searches to find out if there were more explosives in the area. Forensic experts are also examining the blast site, an official said.

There is a heavy deployment of police personnel and APJ Abdul Kalam Road road has been cordoned off.

Officials said that they are scanning footage of CCTV cameras installed nearby to ascertain the sequence of events. Senior officers of the Delhi Police are on the sport.

This is the second blast to take place outside the Israel embassy. In February 2012, a bike-borne assailant had planted a bomb on an embassy vehicle.

An alert has been issued at all airports and key government buildings in view of the blast.

(With inputs from PTI)

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