Man injured in Netanya car blast
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Man injured in Netanya car blast

Police suspect explosion was underworld assassination attempt; victim reported to have criminal record

Bomb squad police unit examine the blackened remains of a car that exploded in a suspected bombing in the southern city of Ashkelon, Saturday night, November 2, 2013. (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)
Bomb squad police unit examine the blackened remains of a car that exploded in a suspected bombing in the southern city of Ashkelon, Saturday night, November 2, 2013. (photo credit: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

A vehicle exploded in a Netanya parking lot on Thursday, moderately injuring one man in what police suspect was a mob-related assassination attempt.

A medical team arrived at the scene and rushed the man, Eyal Sofer, to the Laniado Hospital in the city for further treatment.

Sofer, 40, has a criminal record and is known to police, according to Ynet. He survived an assassination attempt four years ago, the report added.

Police launched an investigation of the car bombing.

According to witnesses at the scene, the car was heavily damaged, with some of its parts flying nearly 30 meters from the explosion site.

The country has been dealing with a spate of car bombings thought tied to gangland fighting over the last several months.

In February, a man was shot in broad daylight near the Tel Aviv boardwalk in an apparent assassination attempt.

Two weeks earlier, a car bomb in Petah Tikva killed two in what was believed to have been an accidental detonation prior to a mob hit. Earlier this year, two car bombs exploded in Ashkelon in what were also described as mob hits.

Last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to put a halt to organized crime in Israel.

“We have recently witnessed several grave acts by organized crime. We are determined to uproot this serious phenomenon and we give full backing to the Israel Police to use existing, and also new, methods against organized crime,” Netanyahu said.

“It is not the citizens of Israel who need to worry about walking freely in the street, but the members of organized crime families who need to be worried. They must be put in jail quickly.”

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