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Car set ablaze on highway near Kfar Qasim, in suspected bomb attack

Medics take driver, a resident of Jaljulia, to hospital with light injuries; police investigating possible underworld hit

Firefighters work to extinguish a car on fire on Route 5 near Kafr Qasim on December 28, 2021. (Magen David Adom)
Firefighters work to extinguish a car on fire on Route 5 near Kafr Qasim on December 28, 2021. (Magen David Adom)

A car was set ablaze on Route 5 in a suspected car bombing attempt near Kafr Qasim on Tuesday morning.

Police said they received a call alerting them to an explosion, and believe the incident may have been a targeted assassination attempt.

Medics said that a resident of nearby Jaljulia was extricated from the car with light injuries and brought to Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva for further treatment.

Fire and Rescue Services said they had extinguished the car fire blazing near the Rosh Ha’ayin intersection. Police were investigating the incident with the assistance of forensic investigators.

On Sunday, a woman was killed by a car bomb in Ramle and a passerby and her baby were injured by the explosion. It was the fourth death this month believed related to organized crime and came amid government efforts to crack down on violence in Arab Israeli communities.

The Abraham Initiatives nonprofit said that, since the start of the year, 123 Arabs have been killed in violent crime in Israel. Of those, 104 were Israeli citizens. Of the incidents, 102 involved firearms and 16 of the victims were women, the group said.

Arab communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years, driven mainly, but not exclusively, by organized crime.

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