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Explosion outside the Israeli embassy may be related to the 2012 attack on diplomats: Envoy Ron Malka | India News

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NEW DELHI: Israeli Ambassador Ron Malka said on Saturday there could be a connection between Friday’s explosion near the Israeli embassy and the 2012 attack on the country’s diplomats in Delhi.
Speaking to ANI, Malka said that an investigation is underway and that New Delhi has given its guarantees and offered all its support, protection or assistance.
“In 2012, there was a terrorist attack against Israeli diplomats in Delhi, not far from the embassy. It could be connected, there could be a pattern. We are investigating and this is one of the options,” he said.

On Friday there was a low intensity explosion near the Israeli embassy. So far no injuries have been reported in the incident. The windshields of several cars parked in the vicinity of the Embassy on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road were found damaged.
On February 13, 2012, an Israeli embassy car exploded when a magnetic bomb attached to it exploded in a high-security area in New Delhi, injuring the wife of an Israeli defense envoy in New Delhi.

On the same day, a bomb was also planted under an Israeli diplomatic car in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, but it did not detonate.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of being behind both incidents in 2012, accusations denied by Tehran.
Malka suspected that Friday’s explosion in front of the Israeli embassy could be a “terrorist attack.”

“As of now, our strong assumption is that this is a terrorist attack against the Israeli embassy. Fortunately, no one was injured,” the envoy said.
The blast took place not far from Vijay Chowk, where several VVIPS, including Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, were present during the ‘Beatings Retreat’ ceremony.
Stating that Israel has “full confidence” in the Indian authorities, Malka said that there is full collaboration between the Indian and Israeli authorities.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has assured Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi the “maximum protection” for his diplomats.
“EAM (S Jaishnakar) called our Foreign Minister (Gabi Ashkenazi) and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla called our Director General in the Foreign Ministry. NSA Ajit Doval called our NSA Meir Ben-Shabbat . There is a total collaboration, guarantees and offered all the support, protection or assistance we need, “he said.
Investigators recovered an envelope with a written text related to Israeli embassy officials from the scene of the blast, according to sources.
“The envelope has a text related to an official of the Israeli embassy. It is a case for the investigating officers to see if it has any connection to the case. But it has been recovered from the scene of the explosion,” said a senior official from the government. AND ME.

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