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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blast Near Israeli Embassy Injures 2

A bomb exploded in a car not far from the Israeli Embassy in Moscow late Friday, and two people were injured, a news agency said.

Few details were immediately available about the blast, and no group claimed responsibility. It was not clear whether the embassy was a target. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it wasn't.

Israeli embassies have been the targets of international protests against the arrest of Kurdish nationalist leader Abdullah Ocalan on Monday.

There has been speculation, denied by Israel, that Israeli intelligence had a hand in the Turkish operation to apprehend him.

The bomb exploded at 6:30 p.m. in a street in central Moscow, about five buildings away from the Israeli Embassy, which is heavily fortified.

In Jerusalem, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Aviv Shiron said the explosion was 300 meters from the embassy and not aimed at it.

He said the explosion was apparently a criminal event and that no Israelis were hurt.