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Tel Aviv blast 'criminal attack'

An explosion has damaged a car near a bus in Tel Aviv in what police said was a criminally motivated assassination attempt.

Four people were slightly injured.

In a country with a long history of bus bombings by Palestinian militants, such explosions immediately cause jitters about terrorism. The explosion went off close to the site of a bus bombing in November.

Israeli media offered various reports of how the blast occurred.

Some quoted witnesses as saying a motorcyclist tossed an explosive device at the car, and other witnesses as saying the motorcyclist attached a bomb to the vehicle.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he could not confirm reports that the target was a well-known underworld figure.


From Belfast Telegraph