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By Alasdair Pal and Rami Ayyub
NEW DELHI / JERUSALEM, January 29 (Reuters) – A small explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi on Friday was caused by a “very low-intensity improvised device,” a police spokesman said, adding that there were no injuries.
The explosion damaged the windows of three cars parked nearby, a Delhi police spokesperson said in a statement.
“First impressions suggest a malicious attempt to create a sensation,” the statement read.
“An explosion occurred recently near the Israeli embassy in India. There were no casualties in the explosion and no damage to the building,” the Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement.
“The incident is under investigation by Indian authorities, who are in contact with the relevant Israeli authorities.”
The explosion occurred shortly after 5:00 p.m. IST (11:30 GMT), as Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a military ceremony one kilometer from the site.
A Reuters eyewitness said the site of the blast was quickly cordoned off by police.
In 2012, an explosion near the embassy in New Delhi injured the wife of an Israeli diplomat, her driver and two other people. It coincided with an attack on another Israeli diplomat in Tbilisi, Georgia.