A “minor” blast near the Israel Embassy has shaken the national capital New Delhi. According to Delhi Police no injury or fatality has been reported so far. The state authorities have taken swift action by deploying police forces and locking down the area.

The Delhi police gave a statement saying “A very low-intensity improvised device went off at 5.05pm near 5 APJ Abdul Kalam Road near Jindal house. No injury to any person has been reported and neither any damage to property was witnessed, except for window panes of three vehicles parked nearby.”

The statement also added “Initial impressions suggest it was a mischievous attempt to create a sensation.”

The IED blast occurred near Vijay Chowk where the Beating Retreat ceremony was taking place today. The beating ceremony is being attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President Ram Nath Kovind.

The blast occurs near the Israel Embassy on the day when the two countries are celebrating 29 years of diplomatic relations. 

It should be noted that this is a second blast involving the Israel Embassy. In 2012 a bike riding man planted a bomb on an official embassy vehicle. The explosion was just 300 metres near the PM residence.

According to reliable news agency ANI 15 parliamentary forces,  including 10 from CRPF have been called in and 5 more are on active standby mode. 

Although the blast was a minor one, it took place in the nation’s capital which had heightened security in place. Indian security agency and the government will be working closely in the investigation of the blast.