|  |  | 

India Top Headlines

Explosion near Israeli Embassy: investigating agencies have yet to identify any suspects, sources say India News


NEW DELHI: Investigating agencies had not yet identified any suspects in the minor explosion near the Israeli embassy, ​​a source said Sunday, but stressed that all angles were covered by the investigation.
On Sunday, Delhi police covered the blast site near the Israeli embassy here with a white tent to prevent the site from being tampered with when the adjacent road was opened to traffic.
The APJ Abdul Kalam Highway, which was closed for nearly two days after the improvised explosive device exploded on Friday, has been opened to general traffic.
Police also faced some challenges in gathering video footage, as most of the CCTV cameras in the area were not working at the time of the incident, sources said.
They said the material used in the bomb will be revealed after the forensic science lab report.
An envelope addressed to the Israeli Embassy and containing a note was found at the scene of the blast, sources said. A case has been registered and the Delhi Police Special Cell is investigating the matter.
The letter written in English mentioned the names of General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force who was killed in a US airstrike in January 2020, and Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizad, who served a crucial role in the country’s nuclear program. and he was killed near Tehran in November of the same year, they said.
According to sources, the police have questioned some people, including some Iranian nationals and a taxi driver who dropped two people near the scene of the blast just before the blast.
The details of the foreigners who arrived in Delhi recently are being examined.
Teams from the NSG’s National Bomb Data Center (NBDC) and the Delhi Police Special Cell visited the site for a post-blast analysis on Saturday. A senior official said the NBDC findings will be shared with the police team investigating the case.
Investigating agencies are checking the area’s Internet Protocol Detailed Record (IPDR) to verify if the suspects used the Internet to communicate instead of a regular cellular call. They are also reviewing CCTV footage of nearby hotels.
Mobile call dump data, which were active hours before and after the explosion, are also being examined.
The agencies are collecting taxi service data from people who were dropped off in the area near the scene just before the incident occurred.
Initial investigations revealed that the improvised explosive device was placed in a flowerpot in the median near the Jindal house on APJ Abdul Kalam road, opposite the Israeli embassy. A burned scarf was recovered from the site, sent for forensic examination, official sources said, adding that a screenshot of the Telegram app is circulating where the Jaish-Ul-Hind is allegedly taking responsibility for the attack, however, its authenticity. could not be confirmed.
The minor explosion occurred on Friday night in a high security area of ​​the national capital. Nobody was hurt.
The explosion took place when President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were present a few kilometers away at the Withdrawal of Coups ceremony at the culmination of the Republic Day celebrations.
The explosion took place on a day when India and Israel marked the completion of the 29th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

Times of India