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Explosion goes off near Israeli embassy in New Delhi, none injured

A small blast went off close to the Israeli embassy in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Friday, damaging the windows of parked vehicles.

New Delhi police said a “very low intensity improvised device” went off around 5pm local time in the center of the city, while Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were participating in a military ceremony a kilometre away.

The site of the blast was quickly cordoned off by police. No injuries were reported.

Israel is currently treating the explosion as a terror event.

Delhi police said the explosion was caused by a “very low intensity improvised device” and damaged the window panes of three nearby parked cars.

“Initial impressions suggest a mischievous attempt to create a sensation,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.

The Israeli foreign ministry said no damage was caused to its embassy building and all Israeli diplomats and embassy staff were safe.

“The incident is under investigation by the authorities in India, who are in contact with the relevant Israeli authorities,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

In 2012, a blast near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi injured an Israeli diplomat’s wife, her driver and two others. It coincided with an attack on another Israeli diplomat in Tbilisi, Georgia.