Bomb explodes near Israeli Embassy in India, PM Narendra Modi

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Jan. 29 (UPI) — A bomb exploded Friday near the Israeli Embassy in India — close to where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gathered with several top government officials, authorities said.

Officials said the “low intensity” improvised explosive device damaged several vehicles near the embassy in New Delhi.

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There was no damage to the embassy building and no one was injured, police said.

The homemade device contained ball bearings and was wrapped in plastic on a sidewalk in central Delhi, which has been under increased security after months of protests between police and striking farmers.

Less than a mile from the explosion, Modi was meeting with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and other senior government officials at an annual military ceremony that’s part of Republic Day.

Police said the explosion appeared to be “a mischievous attempt to create a sensation.” The Israeli government is handling the explosion as a terrorist incident.

The Israeli Embassy in New Delhi was the site of a bomb plot in 2012, in which an explosive device planted on an Israeli diplomatic car detonated and injured four people, including a diplomat’s wife. Israel blamed Iran for the attack.