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No clues from CCTVs outside Israel embassy

Sources told The Indian Express that footage also included those from two security cameras installed at one of the gates of the embassy and opposite the building.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi |
Updated: January 31, 2021 12:58:03 am
No clues from CCTVs outside Israel embassyA crude bomb went off near the Embassy of Israel on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road on Friday evening, shattering windscreens of three cars on the road.(Express photo)

A day after a low intensity IED blast near the Israel Embassy, around 10 teams of the Delhi Police Special Cell scanned footage from over 146 CCTVs but none have so far thrown up any clues.

Sources told The Indian Express that footage also included those from two security cameras installed at one of the gates of the embassy and opposite the building. “On scanning the footage, police found that the cameras were not covering the area where the bomb was planted. They are not clear about any suspicious vehicle/person so far,” a source said.

A crude bomb went off near the Embassy of Israel on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road on Friday evening, shattering windscreens of three cars on the road. No one was injured in the explosion, which took place on the 29th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Israel.

On Saturday, a team from the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) of the NSG visited the spot for post-blast analysis.

The findings will be shared with the Delhi Police team investigating the case in the days ahead.

The bomb appeared to have been planted in a flower pot on the road divider, police said. A letter in a white envelope addressed “to Israel Embassy ambassador” was found at the spot, police sources said. The letter contained a threat, and describes the explosion as a “trailer”, the sources said. It also refers to two “Iranian martyrs”, Qasem Soleimani and Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, sources said, adding that “there are spelling errors in the message”.

Maj Gen Soleimani, who was assassinated in a United States drone strike in January 2020, was Iran’s most powerful general, the commander of the Quds Force of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated in November last year, was Iran’s top nuclear scientist. Tehran believes he was killed by Israel using a remote-control weapon.

The investigation team is also ascertaining claims made by Jaish-Ul-Hind over their involvement in the blast. It is coordinating with the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) and checking details of Iranians who recently came to India.

“Police also procured dump data — mass collection of mobile phone data of all nearby spots of the crime scene — to get leads,” a source said.

On Friday, a cab driver had made a call about two suspicious Iranians but police later found that he was in an inebriated condition.

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