Car explodes in Tel Aviv, injures two

Car explodes in Tel Aviv, injures two

Police suspect blast in southern neighborhood was a criminal underworld attack

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

A car exploded in southern Tel Aviv on Saturday night, injuring two people, in what police suspect was a criminal underworld attack.

Two brothers were injured by the blast, one seriously and the second moderately, according to Ynet. Israel Radio reported that the two victims had criminal records and the attack was a clash between two crime organizations.

Police were investigating the possibility that an explosive charge was placed on the car that exploded on Ben Zvi Street.

The victims of the suspected attack were evacuated to Sourasky Medical Center Ichilov in Tel Aviv for treatment.

Last month a car exploded next to a bus in central Tel Aviv in what was reported as an attempted mob hit.

At least seven people were lightly injured in that blast. Reports indicated that the explosion was an assassination attempt on Nissim Alperon. Alperon, a member of a prominent crime family, escaped with only scratches, Channel 2 reported. Eyewitnesses said he left the scene before police arrived, according to the Ynet news website.

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