IED went off near the Israeli Embassy in India's capital.

Police are undertaking investigations in and around the blast site.

A "very low intensity" blast took place in central Delhi at 5:05 pm on Friday. An improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated near the Israeli Embassy.

The blast took place 1.4 km from Vijay Chowk. President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi and other senior members were present amid security. Delhi Police Special Cell is investigating the blast.

Anil Mittal, a Delhi police spokesman stated that damage was done neither to human nor property. The glass panes of 3 nearby parked vehicles were shattered.

Police sources said the explosive had been wrapped up in a plastic bag and left near a tree on a pavement. It was outside a building, some miles away from the Embassy. Initial search suggests that explosives had ball bearings as part of the IED's makeup. Sources have also confirmed that ammonium nitrate was used for the explosion.

Samples of dust and grass have been collected and sent for inspection.

A CCTV footage of the site has revealed that a cab dropped off 2 people near the Embassy. It is yet to be found whether they had any role in the explosion. The Delhi Police Special Cell has contacted the cab driver and inquired about them.

Tweet by the news agency, ANI

Police have also recovered separate CCTV footage and a half-burnt pink scarf. A letter addressed to the Israeli Embassy was also found from the blast site. Police are tracing its fingerprints and examining them. They have also retrieved a hidden camera behind a tree. The timestamp was of 1970 but the content is not clear and the investigation is ongoing. All recovered items have been sent to the forensic lab.

The incident occurred on the 29th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the 2 countries.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) requires an alert to be issued at all airports, important installations, and government buildings. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said enhanced security measure is taken in sensitive areas. CISF guards civil airports, nuclear and aerospace installations, Delhi Metro, and central government buildings.

Delhi Police chief SN Shrivastava said that the force has registered a case.

Mumbai, Jaipur, and Uttar Pradesh are also on high alert.

Home Minister Amit Shah was informed about the situation. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu expressed full confidence in India undertaking a thorough investigation. Netanyahu also hopes that India will ensure the safety of the Israelis living here. External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar informed his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi about the blast.

One Israeli anonymous official has stated that though no casualties took place in the blast, they regard it as a terrorist attack.

Tweet from Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi.

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