Speaking to ANI, Malka stated that an investigation is underway and New Delhi has given its assurances and supplied all help, safety or help.
“In 2012, there was a terror attack on Israeli diplomats in Delhi not far from the Embassy. It might be connected, there might be a pattern. We are investigating and this is one of the options,” he stated.
A low-intensity explosion occurred close to the Israel Embassy on Friday. No accidents have been reported within the incident up to now. Windscreens of a number of automobiles parked within the neighborhood of the Embassy on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road had been discovered broken.
On February 13, 2012, an Israeli embassy automobile exploded when a magnetic bomb caught to it went off in a high-security space in New Delhi, injuring a spouse of an Israeli defence envoy to New Delhi.
On the identical day, a bomb was additionally planted beneath an Israeli diplomatic automobile within the Georgian capital Tbilisi but it surely didn’t detonate.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then accused Iran of being behind each the incidents in 2012 – allegations denied by Tehran.
Malka suspected that Friday’s blast exterior the Israeli Embassy may very well be a “terror attack”.
“As of now, our strong assumption is that it is a terror attack that targeted the Israeli Embassy. Fortunately, nobody was hurt,” the envoy stated.
The explosion occurred not removed from Vijay Chowk, the place a number of VVIPS together with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been in attendance throughout the ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony.
Asserting that Israel has “full trust” within the Indian authorities, Malka stated that there’s a full collaboration between Indian and Israeli authorities.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has assured the Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi of “fullest protection” to their diplomats.
“EAM (S Jaishnakar) known as our Minister of Foreign Affairs (Gabi Ashkenazi) and Foreign Secretory Harsh Vardhan Shringla known as our DG in Ministry of Foreign Affairs. NSA Ajit Doval known as our NSA Meir Ben-Shabbat. There is full collaboration. They gave their assurances and supplied all help, safety or help that we want,” he stated.
Investigators have recovered an envelope with textual content written on it associated to Israel Embassy officers from the blast web site, in line with sources.
“The envelope has a text related to an Israel embassy official. It is a case for investigating officers to see whether or not it has any link with the case. But, it has been recovered from the blast site,” a senior authorities official advised ANI.