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Police foil attempt to bomb restaurant in south amid apparent criminal dispute

Law enforcement officials suspect owner tangled up in conflict; crime boss arrested, business shuttered for 15 days

A police officer orders a resturant in southern Israel shut after a large bomb was discovered at the business, July 23, 2022. (Israel Police)
A police officer orders a resturant in southern Israel shut after a large bomb was discovered at the business, July 23, 2022. (Israel Police)

Police on Saturday said officers had foiled an attempt to bomb a popular restaurant in southern Israel days earlier, amid an apparent criminal dispute.

According to police, a large explosive device planted at the restaurant in a town in the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council was neutralized by sappers on Thursday.

Police said they suspected the bomb was planted amid a criminal conflict between the owner of the restaurant and unnamed criminal elements, “due to personal relationships he maintained.”

The restaurant has been ordered shut for 15 days and the owner was called for a police hearing to examine his part in the events, “in light of the real danger and grave concern for the safety of the public that comes to the business every day,” police said.

According to Kan news, a senior crime boss was arrested Saturday afternoon in connection to the attempted bombing case.

The name of the restaurant or the town it is situated in were not immediately cleared for publication.

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