Report: Letter From Blast Site Near Israeli Embassy in Delhi Cites Soleimani

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Police at the explosion site near the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, January 29, 20201.
Police at the explosion site near the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, January 29, 20201. Credit: SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP
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A letter found at the explosion scene near the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi mentions top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani slain in a U.S. air strike and the father of Iran's nuclear weapons program assassinated in November, according to a report by the India Today news website on Saturday.

According to the report, the letter said that the minor blast near the Israeli Embassy was "just the preview."

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The blast occurred shortly after 5 P.M. IST (1130 GMT), while India's President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were participating in a military ceremony two kilometers away from the site.

According to Indian media reports, police said there were no casualties and the blast caused some damage to cars parked in the central street.

Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, was killed in an U.S strike in Iraq on January 3 2020. 

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s, was killed in a shootout in November.

Iran has blamed Israel for the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, vowing to avenge his killing, while Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the killing.

A Delhi police statement on Friday said that "initial impressions suggest a mischievous attempt to create a sensation."

The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed there were no casualties and no damage was caused to the embassy building. “All envoys and embassy workers are safe,” it said in a statement, adding Indian authorities are looking into the incident.

Both Israeli and Indian investigations are treating Friday's incident as a security-related incident against the embassy. Prior to the attack, Israel has called for increased vigilance at its embassies around the world due to fears of an Iranian aggression.

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