While investigators are suspecting an Iranian hand behind the blast near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi on Friday, Israeli ambassador to India, Ron Malka, has said Israeli missions across countries are under attack and the Delhi blast was not surprising.
Sources say a letter recovered from the site of blast mentions the explosion as a “trailer”.
The letter also mentions Iran’s late General Qasem Soleimani and top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh as martyrs. Both were assassinated last year.
Qasem Soleimani was killed near Baghdad International Airport in an airstrike ordered by then US President Donald Trump on January 3, 2020. General Qasem Soleimani was seen as most powerful military commander of Iran.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear scientist was assassinated on November 27, 2020. He was killed in Tehran using a satellite-controlled machine-gun. Iran has blamed Israel for the attacks on its top leaders.
A CCTV footage of the blast site has revealed that a cab had dropped two persons near the embassy and it is yet to be ascertained whether these persons have any role in the explosion, according to Delhi Police sources.
The Delhi Police Special Cell has contacted the concerned cab driver and enquired about the two persons. Police are sketching pictures of the two persons on the basis of inputs gathered from the cab driver.
A team of National Security Guard (NSG) has been roped in to examine characteristics of the explosives used in the explosion. The agency collects, collates, analyses and evaluates all terrorist bombing activities reported in India and abroad.
On Saturday, Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka said that all staff and other workers at the embassy are safe and called the explosion “a terror attack against the embassy”.
“We are working with India to find who was involved. It is too early to name any group,” Malka said.
Earlier on Friday, Malka had tweeted:
“Today, January 29, 2021, at around 5 pm IST, there was an explosion outside the Israeli embassy in New Delhi. There were no injuries, and all of our staff are safe at home. We are working with Indian authorities to find the perpetrators and the motive behind this attack.”
Malka further said that Israel and India are engaged at the highest level to probe the explosion and since Israeli missions in Europe were also being targeted, all missions across the world have been on a high alert.
“We can’t share specifics as yet, but India and Israel are sharing real-time intelligence. Cooperation between India and Israel is on regarding intelligence and technical knowhow,” said Ron Malka.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar spoke to his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi and assured him of “fullest protection” to diplomats and the mission.