A grenade exploded in a store in Petah Tikva’s open air market Tuesday morning, wounding five people.
One of the injured was listed in moderate condition and four others were lightly injured after the blast in the Tel Aviv suburb.
“The explosion was horrible,” a fishmonger at the market told Ynet. “Right away we thought it was an explosive device. They said someone threw a grenade; there are injured there and many police cars and ambulances. What is happening in Petah Tikva is Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Police said the bombing was apparently connected to organized crime.
בהמשך להשלכת רימון הרסס בפתח תקווה, תמונה מזירת האירוע לפני זמן קצר pic.twitter.com/eoMGC3pXBq
— משטרת ישראל (@IL_police) February 25, 2014
Central Israel has been wracked by a string of underworld bombings in the last few weeks, with officials promising to crack down on gangland-style attacks.
On February 3, two people were killed in a car bomb blast in Petah Tikva.
On Friday, a bomb exploded next to the car of the city’s deputy mayor. The car was empty and there were no injuries in that attack.