Woman killed, child critically injured in Ashkelon car explosion; police suspect incident is criminal, not terror

A 20-year-old woman was killed and an eight-year-old girl was critically injured in a car explosion in Ashkelon a short while ago, Magen David Adom says.

Police say they suspect the incident is criminal in nature, rather than terrorism.

In a statement, MDA says that it received reports of a car that had burst into flames in the southern city shortly after 4 p.m.

The woman’s death was determined on the scene of the explosion, and the eight-year-old girl was transferred to Barzilai Medical Center for urgent treatment.

An additional two people were also injured – a 28-year-old man in moderate condition and a 45-year-old man who was mildly injured, MDA says.

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