2 seriously injured in suspected gang-related car bombing in Haifa
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2 seriously injured in suspected gang-related car bombing in Haifa

Police open investigation but believe it is not terror; 1 victim reportedly known criminal, who survived previous attempt to bomb his car last month

The scene of an apparent gang-related car bomb in Haifa on May 3, 2019. (Israel police)
The scene of an apparent gang-related car bomb in Haifa on May 3, 2019. (Israel police)

Two people were seriously injured in a car bombing in the northern city of Haifa on Friday, police said, in what appeared to be gang-related violence.

A 33-year-old man and his 35-year-old girlfriend were taken to the city’s Rambam Medical Center after an explosive device blew up their car as they drove down Haifa’s busy Hanasi Street just before 1 p.m.

Eyewitnesses said the massive explosion could be heard from several blocks away. Video showed the vehicle erupting in a large orange fireball.

Police have opened an investigation into the blast, but investigators believe it is mob-related and not a terror attack.

A vehicle explodes (top left) in a suspected gang-related car bombing in Haifa on May 3, 2019 (Screencapture/Ynet)

According to reports in Hebrew-language media, the male victim is known to police, and was the target of a car bombing in Eilat last month. His most recent criminal conviction, linked to a stabbing in a Haifa nightclub, came earlier this year.

Drive-by shootings and car bombs as part of underworld gang wars have long wracked Israeli cities, with law enforcement authorities struggling to stem the phenomenon.

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