Lod man shot dead; separately, blast at restaurant hours after Netanyahu ate there

No indication package that exploded at eatery in Hadera targeted opposition leader as he campaigned for election; 18-year-old dies of wounds from Kiryat Shmona stabbing

Illustrative: Firemen and police officers at the scene where a car exploded in Rishon Lezion on July 3, 2022. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)
Illustrative: Firemen and police officers at the scene where a car exploded in Rishon Lezion on July 3, 2022. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

A 20-year-old resident of Lod was killed in a shooting, in one of three apparently criminal incidents on Thursday night.

Alah Alsach was found with critical injuries on a street in the central Israeli city. Paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital, but he died from his wounds shortly after.

Police were investigating the shooting and said they collected evidence from the scene.

In a separate incident Thursday night, a package exploded next to a motorcycle outside a restaurant in the northern coastal city of Hadera, hours after the venue hosted opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu as he campaigned for the upcoming elections.

There was no indication the blast was aimed at Netanyahu or his election campaign.

According to the Ynet news site, the package was placed next to the parked car of a known criminal who was inside the restaurant when it detonated at 10.30 p.m.

No one was injured in the explosion, which police were investigating.

In an unrelated incident, police engaged in a firefight with gunmen in the northern town of Maghar, with two suspects wounded.

The alleged gunmen, along with another assailant, were suspected of having opened fire on a jewelry store in Maghar earlier Thursday evening.

Following the shootout, the two gunmen attempted to flee the scene in a car but were quickly stopped and arrested by police. The two were taken to a hospital in Tiberias.

Additionally, an 18-year-old was shot in Kiryat Shmona on Israel’s northern border, reportedly following an argument with a 15-year-old, who the police suspect shot the man.

The victim was transferred to a hospital in Safed by Magen David Adom paramedics, but was declared dead Friday after succumbing to his wounds.

Earlier this week, Benny Shlomo, the head of a major crime family, was killed and another man seriously injured in a suspected underworld hit near Tel Aviv.

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