Shin Bet investigating car blast in north, highway still shut 8 hours later

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The Route 65 highway from the Megiddo Junction to the Musmus Intersection remains closed more than eight hours after a blast occurred near a vehicle, seriously wounding a man.

Earlier this morning, 21-year-old Shareef ad-Din from the northern Arab village of Salem was seriously hurt by shrapnel from the explosion.

Police and the Shin Bet security agency are investigating the circumstances.

Officers shut the road following the blast, and it has yet to reopen.

The Shin Bet’s involvement in the investigation indicates that authorities suspect the blast may have been terror-related.

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