Police close off a street after an explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi on Friday. AFP
A small bomb went off near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, causing no injuries, in an incident that an Israeli official said was being treated as terrorism.
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.
An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that "although there were no casualties, India and all elements in Israel regard the explosion as a terrorist incident."
Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said he had assured his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi "of the fullest protection for the embassy and Israeli diplomats.
Matter is under investigation and no effort will be spared to find the culprits."
The blast occurred shortly after 5pm (local time), 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.
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The victim is the daughter of a housekeeping staffer, while the accused is a driver who is not employed by the embassy.
Medical sources said more than 20 people were injured, two of them seriously. Witnesses said several homes were damaged as a result of the explosion in the home of an "activist". Police cordoned off the area.
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Authorities are also probing the possibility that people inside the compound helped to coordinate the attack, the senior provincial police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.