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Israeli police suspect criminal motive in Tel Aviv car blast

Several people are injured in a car explosion near a bus in Tel Aviv; police say blast appears to be a criminal-related, not Palestinian

Reuters , Thursday 10 Jan 2013
Tel Aviv car blast
Tel Aviv car blast
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A car exploded Thursday near a bus in Tel Aviv, injuring several people in what police suspect was an attempt to kill an alleged criminal kingpin.

Israel Radio said the car belonged to the head of an alleged organised crime family.

"The main direction of suspicion is it was criminal," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

The ambulance service said several people were injured in the blast on Menachem Begin Street, a main thoroughfare.

"There was a fire and I heard an explosion," a witness said on Israel Radio as ambulance and police vehicle sirens screamed in the background.

Ynet news website quoted witnesses as saying they saw an assailant on a motorcycle planting an explosive on the vehicle.

The last bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel's business hub, wounded 15 people on 21 November, during an eight-day Israeli military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli Arab citizen was charged in court with carrying out that attack on Hamas's behalf.

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