Delhi Police’s Special Cell team visits blast site near Israel Embassy

A team of Delhi Police’s Special Cell on Saturday morning visited the spot near the Israel Embassy where a low-intensity explosion occurred on January 29, officials said.

A Special Cell has obtained CCTV footage showing a cab dropping off two persons who walk towards the spot near the Israel Embassy. 

The Driver has been contacted and sketches are being prepared, according to the sources.

A low-intensity IED (improvised explosive device) blast took place near the Israel Embassy on Friday evening. No one was injured in the incident but some cars were damaged in the explosion.

Soon after the blast, the entire area around the Israel embassy was cordoned-off and heavy security was deployed.

The blast took place less than 2 km from Vijaya Chowk, where President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior members were gathered for the Beating Retreat ceremony.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke to his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi and assured him of “fullest protection” for the Embassy and diplomats.

“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,” Jaishankar tweeted.

Israeli foreign minister Ashkenazi said his government would cooperate fully to identify those involved.

“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,” Ashkenazi tweeted.

“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 added.