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Bomb explosion near Israeli embassy in Delhi; no casualties, parked vehicles damaged
The explosion at the Israeli embassy complex took place even as the Beating the Retreat event marking the conclusion of the R-Day celebrations, attended by the President and the PM, was going on at nearby Vijay Chowk.

NEW DELHI, Jan 29: Several vehicles were damaged when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near the Israeli embassy in the heart of Delhi on Friday evening. There was no report of any damage to the embassy or injuries to the staff or the public. The explosion, which took place at 5 pm, could have been caused by an IED possibly thrown from a passing vehicle, it is speculated.

At the time of the blast, the Beating the Retreat ceremony, attended by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking the culmination of the four-day long Republic Day celebrations, was going on at the historic Vijay Chowk, down Rashtrapati Bhawan, with as many as 26 military performances.

(Vijay Chowk is about 3 km from the Israeli embassy situated on Aurangzeb Road - renamed as Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road - behind Shahjahan Road intersection, a radial across Taj Mansigh Hotel.)

The three vehicles that were damaged were parked nearby. The site has been cordoned off. A large posse of armed police is guarding the premises.

Scared embassy staff and the diplomats have been assured of full protection by the Government even as an intensive investigation has been launched and the premises put under a thick cloak of security.

Meanwhile, the police said a "very low intensity improvised device" caused the blast.

The India Government has assured the Israeli Government of total security to its diplomats and staff following the incident. However, Israel is treating the incident as a "terrorist attack."

The Israeli Government said in a statement there was no injuries or damage to its property. "An explosion occurred a short while ago, close to the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi. There are no casualties and no harm was done to the building. All diplomats and staff are safe."

The blast occurred on the 29th anniversary day of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In an earlier such incident, an Israeli diplomat's wife was injured when a bomb placed under her car in New Delhi blasted in February, 2012. Israel had blamed Iran for the attack.

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